G has been reading every night during the school year since he was in kindergarten. What he hasn't been doing consistently is reading out loud. What I didn't know until recently is that kids who struggle with reading or with ADD will sometimes skip over words they do not know just to get the assignment complete or to race through the text. Struggling readers also, many times, need to be shown what "good readers" know instinctively. For example, a good reader might know that if they didn't understand the last sentence read, they need to go back and reread for comprehension. No wonder he hasn't liked reading!
We have taken a different approach this year by having him read aloud to me.
It has taken some discipline on my part meaning another thirty minutes to squeeze into my already busy afternoon, but It has really been worth it.
I have learned so much about his reading and what he's interested in and what he's not!
It also gives me a chance to find out what he's comprehending and allows us some good one on one time every day.
Do you have a child who struggle with or doesn't enjoy reading? Give it a try, You might learn more than you expect! Need some ideas, read these 7 ways to get your reluctant reader to read!