How do I teach my 8 year old stepdaughter to read?

Mollie - posted on 10/05/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My 12 and 8 -year-old stepdaughters have recently moved in with us from their mother's in New York. My eight-year-old is having severe trouble with word recognition, meaning and any motivation to learn. She consistently forgets to bring home her homework assignments,and struggles with understanding instructions from her teacher and following directions on written work. When I try to help her she's not interested in learning at all she gets very frustrated and angry and refuses to even try because it's hard. Any help would be greatly appreciated thank you.

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Chet - posted on 10/05/2014

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Start reading to your step daughter. Reading to children helps to improve their vocabulary and general knowledge - which should help her in all subjects. Your taking time to read to her demonstrates that reading has value. And hopefully, she enjoys being read to and it helps her to develop positive associations with books. Some good read alouds for her age would be books like Charlotte's Web, the Clementine Series, the Ramona series, and James and the Giant Peach. Read a chapter or two each day, like at bedtime.

Talk to the school about what they are doing to help her. They should know her reading level, and if she is behind they should have some sort of reading recovery plan, or resource program in place. Ask what you can do at home to support what is happening at school.

You can also try activities that will improve her reading, but that aren't sitting down and treating it like school work. Get a Fridge Poetry magnet set and make up silly sentences on the fridge. Don't put out all the words on the fridge right away. Start with just a few and add a couple at a time. Play games that require reading - Scrabble Junior, Bananagrams, Smart Mouth, etc.

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