Help with my daughter's reading asap

Jenny - posted on 03/21/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter was held back in 1st grade and is now in 2nd grade and is falling behind even more. Her younger sister is at about the same reading level and is doing better in math then she is. It's getting so bad that she doesn't want to go to school. CAN ANYONE HELP ME?

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Zombie - posted on 04/08/2013

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Hi Jenny,

I would agree with the replies about talking with your school, and the suggestion about the learning websites is spot on! When my DD was younger I got her a Reader Rabbit PC game and we would play it together. (picked it up for less that $5 as it is an older game). It's bright, cheerful colors, the animal characters, all appealed to her immensely, and the story behind the game is about rebuilding a carnival. There are tons of computer/DS games on the market that are learning-made-fun. I treated it like any other game, and it was a privilege to play it when work was done. I was amazed at how fast she progressed in reading comprehension and math - she was learning it without realizing she was doing 'work', LOL!

We also read every day together. I've always been an avid reader, and wanted to instill a passion for books to my DD. Find out what really interests her - animals, adventure, magic and fantasy, friendships, etc, and find books with stories she will enjoy. Read together as often as you can, and make a routine out of quiet book time with Momma and they will associate reading with feeling relaxed and comfortable.

Best of luck!

Renee - posted on 04/08/2013

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I'm having similar problems with my first grader. You should probably have the school dist do evaluations on her. The school dists usually won't do evaluations unless the parents request it. You can send the request certified mail or get it date stamped when you drop off the request. If you think she may be dyslexic, request the Test of Phonological awareness. Look online for CSE sample letters.

Pamela - posted on 04/05/2013

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There are so many after school reading tutoring programs available that you should have no trouble locating one. Contact your school counselor or Vice Principal. These programs are offered at a reasonable fee or free if you qualify.
I do not know of any school district in the US that does not provide such programs for their students. Ask questions, get answers, get her some help.
I have been a tutor in such programs so I know they exist!

Michelle - posted on 03/30/2013

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First of all, check into options with the school such as title 1 help and/or reading recovery programs. There should be something available. At home read WITH your child at least 15 minutes a day. Studies show that just 15 minutes a day will improve your child's reading level by 1 full grade level during the course of the year without additional instruction. When you read to her, point at the words as you say them. Stop and have her do the sight words she knows. Let her see you reading. Find some very, very simple books to give her confidence. Also read books that are above her level but very interesting to her, whatever her interests. Remind her of basic strategies like breaking a big word into small parts, look for familiar parts, does it make sense, etc. Make sure she knows the letters and letter sounds. If she's not seeing the letters correctly then you've got another issue like dyslexia. Be encouraging and point out her strengths, both in reading and other areas to boost her confidence. "You're so kind to your sister." "You're so helpful!" "I love how you stuck with this math problem even though it's hard, until you figured it out!" Point out that you know she's struggling, but that you will be there for her until she gets it and you'll help find her extra help. It might be hard but the end is worth it.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/27/2013

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Start with your school administrator, and ask that she be evaluated for reading comprehension assistance.

Nicole - posted on 03/22/2013

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What resources has the school offered if any? This year or last? That is where I would start.

Candace - posted on 03/22/2013

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Hi, I was having the same issues with my youngest daughter. I was at my wits end because I just didn't understand why she wasn't grasping the simplest concepts. You have to remember that everyone learns differently maybe one of your children is a visual learner and the other is more of a hands on learner. That's what it was in my case. I went online to abcmouse.com and started letting her do some work and read. She is doing MUCH better. There are also other websites that you might be able to look up on goggle to get some help. you also might want to try your kids school website sometimes they have learning tools there that might be helpful.

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