christinarey asks:

My son is 5. He has to read for homework. As soon as we get to a word he dosent know he shuts down. What can I do?

My husband and I try but every night is a chore. My son is 5 aand has to read every night for homework. He has no problem doing his work sheets or practicing writting his name, but when it is time to read... well its not a pretty time. I am at a loss and his teacher will not return my calls.
In Topics: Learning styles and differences
> 60 days ago



Oct 8, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

First, if you are not receiving response from a teacher who you have called please send a letter via the school office or an email.  Send a copy to the school principal, if you wish.

Next, a five year old who is not excited by reading is not atypical.  After a full day of school and also a busy day of homework, he may just be fatigued.  You may wish to try the suggestions I made in another response that is very similar when he is less tired:

Good luck to all!

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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mv2007 writes:
Not to worry you are not alone.  At this age reading can be tough for kids and they can become frustrated with it.  The best thing that you can do is keep encouraging your son to sound words out.  It sounds like he knows some words but not all so have him use what he knows to help him with the words that he struggles with.  If this doesn't work then try to make word games out of it.  Making flashcards of all the words that he knows may help as a reminder when you go through them.  Don't be afraid to help him out and sound it out for him and give him the confidence that he needs to reassure him that it is ok not to know everything.  Their is a great computer website that can help him learn to read and it is try that.  It will review letters and sounds and word parts to make certain sounds and it even gives them short stories that he can read and hear and the same time so he can learn to recognize the words that he may be having trouble with.  Most of all stay positive and try not to get frustrated because when he sees you get frustrated he will become frustrated as well and don't be afraid to take a break when things become intense.  Just walk away from it for a few minutes and then come back it will give you both a chance to cool down and then come back with a more positive mind.  Hope this helps.
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