how can i help my 6 yr old daughter improve her reading skills
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Jennifer - posted on 08/03/2009
I bought my daugter the Tag reading system and she has improved so much. And the good thing about them is the books are of characters from their favorite TV shows like spongebob, dora, etc. and they actually talk in the character voices. My daughter loves her set.
Maggie - posted on 08/02/2009
I agree with reading with your daughter every day. My son's school taught us the 5-word rule. When your child reads a page, tell her to hold up a finger every time she doesn't know a word. If she gets to 5 words on one page that she doesn't know, the book is too difficult for her. I take my son to the library every week and this always keeps the books in his rotation fresh and new so that he wants to pick them up and read them. He did receive a Tag reader for his 6th birthday and he loves it too. We have our son read on his own every day after school, and then I read with him every night before bed - usually 15 minutes each time. If he wants to read longer, we do. Oh, and stash books EVERYWHERE - her room, the living room, in the car, bring them to the pool/beach. This encourages my little guy to just grab a book and read b/c it's easy. Hope that helps!
Helen - posted on 08/02/2009
What also really helped my son was that he got involved in doing some film and television acting work. For auditions, he would have to read the scripts and memorize the text. He really took to reading then because a) he had to learn the script for the audition and filming to be able to act his own character for the project, and b) it was something he was totally interested in. His teachers commented that his reading improved exponentially in a short period of time.
We also just let him read what he wanted to read. He loves comic books and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Bones, Franny K. Stein Mad Scientist and Goosebumps series. He loves the content, so he started choosing those books himself. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid also has a Journal or "Do it yourself" book, where he fills in his own information with guided pages and questions. That was a real hit for him. See what kinds of books or topics your daughter likes, and just run with it...
Helen - posted on 08/02/2009
My son was struggling with reading and writing. We enrolled him in Kumon. It's made a world of difference. See if there's a centre in your town. I highly recommend it. They also have Kumon for math too.
Deirdre - posted on 08/01/2009
I had the same issue with my 8 year old..and to be honest..Ive tried everything, but what I came to realize is that if a child does not have an liking to reading, they are not really going to do it. Soooo, what finally did was, when my family and I would go to church, I would let her sit with us instead of going to children's church. So when the pastor would ask us to turn to certain scripturers in the bible, she had hers, and would attempt to look them up. Well, she began to get upset at the fact that she could'nt fully read the scriptures, so I told her that in order to understand what the bible is saying you have to pratice reading more. Now, when we go to the libary she is more intrested in reading. When she sits with us in church, she now, looks up the verses and we reward her on that. So, you will have to find out what you child is likes and include reading into it.
Penelope - posted on 06/14/2009
hi there Qwenlyn i'm Penny and my suggestion is have your child to read to u each night for a a period of 5 mins and when they are comfortable with that increase it by 5 min. Also i found that my boy sees me reading which has rubbed off on him. Yes i know some are time poor but u need to make that time for them as reading is a very important skill.
Jakki - posted on 06/12/2009
Lots of practice every day!
I'm told that reading aloud to your kids is great too. I lie in bed in the evenings with my 6 and 8 year olds and let them first read their books to me, then I read to them. We've done the Narnia books (The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe etc) and Harry Potter. This really helps their vocabulary and it's fun and relaxing.
Loretta - posted on 06/12/2009
this is what works for shakira and me she reads 15 minutes by herself an then she reads to me for another 15 minutes everyday I stay with one book at a time and shakira love to talk about the story after she's finish reading. we are staring to read the new paper together (reading together is learning together what a good feeling)I hope that this help
READING EVERYDAY WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!
Carolyn - posted on 06/12/2009
Work on rhyming; word famiies; predicting what comes next; playing with sounds and words. Anything to help them focus on sounds. Google phonemic awareness.
Also check out her vsion on balance and keeping her place. www.starfal.com is an excellent site to learn phonics and has readalongs.
If child stumbles on word; say word and have child repeat full sentece with it said correctly. This improves comprehension
Leah - posted on 06/12/2009
I swear by the Hooked on Phonics!!! I used it with my son when he was not reading in kindergarden. By the beginning of first grade he was up to grade level and now is starting to read books with simple chapters in them and is one of the "higher" readers in class. He dosen't always love it, but it's worked!
Lisa - posted on 06/12/2009
I put my daughters site words on index cards and we would spend about 15 minutes everyday no matter what going over them then I used those word and put them in a sentence. Everytime we see a site word somewhere else (tv, books, etc..) I would ask her what the word was. it took about a month and she was doing it on he own then I just got her the hooked on phonics to do during the summer she has to do it 20 minutes everyday. She LOVES it!
Michaela - posted on 06/12/2009
What about trying an audio book where she could follow along? I know when we were kids there were those audio books that had a beep when you should turn the page? My son started reading in preschool - they used flashcards & repetition to learn sight words, then started with VERY simple books. He's going into 1st grade, but reads at a way higher level. I've heard good things about starfall.com too...good luck!
Patricia - posted on 06/11/2009
I think the leapster is good. Also Target, Walmart and Toy R Us have the Hooked on Phonics programs at a reasonable price. These programs are great. I started my son on the K through 2nd grade program when he was five. Then we moved to the Hooked on Phonics Master Reader Program. He just finished 3rd grade and he reads on a 6th grade reading level. The programs combine phonic cards, workbooks, mini books for each new set of word and phonics learned as well as a sticker reward charting system for every level completed.
Julie - posted on 06/11/2009
I work with kids that age and what we do is start with VERY simple books, and read the same ones every day to help with sight words. Once she has the hang of that start to introduce more challenging books. The most important thing is to make it fun, she won't want to read if it is a chore. Good Luck!