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gg1984 asks:
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My 3rd grade son reads at a first grade level

Hi,
I have an 8 year old son in the 3rd grade, and he is reading and spelling in a first grade level. Is there any programs that can help him get better?
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs
> 60 days ago

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LouiseSattler
Feb 11, 2014
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What the Expert Says:

Hello,

Please feel free to write down your concerns and then deliver them to your local School Principal or School Psychologist. They can then start team discussions about your son's educational progress which would include you.

Assessments and alterations to his program may be warranted.

Good luck!

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TeacherandParent
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Get him simple books, the easiest books to read that you can find, and have him read from those books every night for 15 minutes. He can get better with practice but he needs to practice in easy books - that helps him build speed and confidence.
Spelling is different and harder. Nature did not intend every child to be a good speller by the 3rd grade. And it's not uncommon that a child who reads less well also spells less well - they go together.
An understanding teacher can help a lot and I hope he has one. If he reads every night for 15 minutes in an easy book, he'll become a better reader - that's the best program - and he should be read to also. We don't all like reading aloud but if you do, read to him every night - from a different and harder book. If you don't like reading aloud, try to get him tapes to listen to from the local library.
Building better reading skills and spelling skills takes time - there's usually not a quick fix for this and again - an understanding teacher helps a lot. Nature did not intend us to do all the same things at exactly the same time.
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