Naomi_Joy asks:

What can I do to help a 3rd grader read?

I am a 3rd grade teacher, and I have a student who can barely read and is really struggling. She has been home-schooled since K5, and her parents do not want her held back.She is also extremely shy. When it comes time for her to read or take a test, she makes things up. What can I do to help her?  Her grades are really struggling and we are only 7 weeks into school. Any advice is appreciated!
In Topics: School and Academics, Learning issues and special needs
> 60 days ago



Oct 15, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

I know this is a frustrating experience to have a child who is a struggling reader and at risk for school failure. First, it may be wise to see why she is struggling, which could mean a referral to the school IEP team. This would need to be made by either the parent or teachers in writing.

Next, we need to make reading fun and related to her everyday life, thus improving her skills. Try bringing reading in to the home (such as with a simple recipe, fun book about her favorite television character, or online gaming) may be just the "ticket" to getting our third grader more motivated to "try" to read.

Also, consider some great online websites which promote reading skills in a very fun fashion. Here are a few for elementary aged students: (has info for parents and teachers, too) (Clifford series can be found here:

Patricia Polacco just for kids fun pages:

Eric Carle fun pages:

Good luck and thanks for writing!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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