Struggles with reading. Need suggestions

Carrie - posted on 03/08/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Yesterday my husband ran into my sons kindergarten teacher and asked how he was doing. She told us she was concerned about his reading and that he was behind. She told us to work on the sight words with him, which we immediately stepped up our game on that last night. However, I'm slightly frustrated with the teacher because on his report card and several emails I had sent her earlier she never commented that he was behind in his reading. Her only comment was work on the sight words. I should mention we recently moved from another state, so i was aware there could be some differences. His teacher is calling me today to talk and I'm trying to come up with questions I should ask. Does anyone have any suggestions. Also, any ideas on how to help my son with reading? I recently bought Dick and Jane books to have him read each night. I remember learning on those books, so I thought they may help my son too.

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Rachael - posted on 03/12/2013

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One of my kids struggled with reading. We came up with a game to make learning her sight words more fun. I wrote each word on a small paper plate. We created a path through the livingroom with the plates. She had to call out the word and then she could jump to the plate. Once she got the hang of it we would use her toothbrush timer to see how fast she could go. This also works with math facts. We changed the order and path each time to keep it interesting.

Denikka - posted on 03/08/2013

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To improve reading, really the only thing to do is to practice. Find a topic he really enjoys (dinosaurs, cars, etc are usually favourites) and get every age appropriate book you can find on it. The library can really help with costs there :P

Look around and find words in the world. Stop signs, business names, etc. Take him shopping and ask him to find certain words on cereal boxes, tin cans, etc. Words are all around us :) It just takes a consciousness of them to really notice them :)

As for the teacher, she really should have mentioned in one of the previous correspondences that he was a bit behind in his reading. But, teachers are busy and she may not have thought of it at the time, especially if she was doing reports on other kids at the same time. At least you know now, and can deal with it from here on out :)

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