Struggles with Reading at 8 yrs old

Sandi - posted on 07/08/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )




My daughter is going into 3rd grade and struggles with reading? Private tutoring is not an option since its something i can not afford. Any recommendations?


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Jill - posted on 02/27/2015




I agree with Chet. Read to her a lot. I still read to my kids every night (30-45 minutes) until they were each 12 1 /2. Now they 13 and 15 and they still like me to read to them occasionally.

You can also try Hooked on Phonics (Google it). Now they also have a YT channel. Both my kids learned to read using this system. We are homeschoolers. The Master Reader program is particularly good. Some of the levels you can even get at Wal-Mart.

Lastly, have you tried to use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to help her deal with fears and stress associated with learning to read. If she is starting to feel stupid at school because of this, it can make it so it is impossible for her to learn this skill. Go to www [dot] emofree [dot] com to learn how to do this.

Chet - posted on 07/09/2014




Look around for agencies that offer free literacy support. Very often schools or community organizations offer tutoring for free to kids who need it. Check the Y, your local public library, parent resource centres, agencies that support low income families, etc.

Ask the school what you can do at home. They may be able to give you levelled readers or exercises that you can do with your daughter that will complement what she is doing at school.

Read with your daughter a lot. Our girls are 8.5 and 10 and I still read to them at bedtime. Reading out loud helps to develop vocabulary and general knowledge - which you need to understand and interpret what you read. It helps kids learn to anticipate what word will come next, and creates positive associations with reading. Reading to your daughter also means that she can enjoy books at her interest level, and not be limited to books at her reading level.

If you look up the Dolch high frequency word list online you will get a list of 300+ common words and activities to help learn them. Typical texts contain mostly these words and when a child can recognize all of the Dolch words by sight they can use phonics, context and other cues to figure out the remaining words.

If your daughter has younger siblings or cousins encourage her to read to them. Reading very simple books to smaller children helps to build confidence and it provides a logical reason to read "baby" books that older children might be resistant to reading. Books for very young children typically have just one word or short phrase per page and they have very strong picture cues for the text so they're easy for beginner readers to figure out.

Another activity you can try is having your daughter cross things off of a list when you shop. Show her the word "milk" on the milk carton and have her find the work milk on the grocery list and cross it off.

Do you know your daughter's reading level? If you don't, find a book that she is able to read and look up it's reading level. Then search online for lists of books at that level. Go to the library and borrow books from the list and read them together. Then move up a level.

When you read together with these books she can practise with try doing it different ways. Read the book to her. Read the sentence to her, but pause at the last word so she has to follow along and then read just the last work. Alternate where you read one sentence and she reads one sentence.

If you know your daughter's reading level, or you can give an example of a book she can read mostly on her own I can probably suggest some books are her level that she would like. There are lots of picture books that our older girls really enjoy even though they are strong readers.

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