JoyceF asks:

My 3rd grader is having problems with phonics and comprehension.  Any help?

In Topics: Helping my child with reading
> 60 days ago



Oct 7, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

The first step you should do is have a meeting with your child's teacher. It is important to figure out exactly what parts of phonics and comprehension are giving your child difficulty.  Find out if there is a reading specialist at the school who can evaluate your child and determine what extra help he or she needs. 

At home, it is important to give your child opportunities throughout the day to play with letters, sounds and to be able to practice reading. Depending on your child’s reading level, talk about words you see as you're driving, letters on signs at the grocery store, play silly rhyming games as a family, or devise any other activity that uses sounds and words.  Use ordinary, daily activities as times to provide stimulation for your child.  

It is important to have daily reading time at home. If your child is able to read independently, have him or her read to you. If your child is not an independent reader, you can read aloud before bedtime to your child. Before you and your child start to read, it’s a good idea to look through the book together.  Ask your child “what do you think the book is about?” Ask your child questions as you read to make sure he or she comprehends what is being read. 

Whatever you do to help your child, keep an open dialogue with the teacher. Working as a team with the school and teacher will ensure that your child has the best opportunity to develop better reading skills and hopefully a love of reading that will continue. 

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