My son is in the fourth grade and is still unable to read. What is the best way to teach him how to read? His teachers say he is reading on a first grade level. He gets teased at school by his classmates because he is unable to read. He comes home telling me that he is the only one in his class who is unable to read. What can I do to help him?
Yikes! Not to sound like an alarmist, but DON’T WAIT! Reading is one of the most important skills a child will need to develop during the early school years and struggle in this area is often the hallmark of learning disabilities. While not every child “enjoys” reading, all should be able to do it… and if your child is already three or more years behind his peers, you MUST get him the targeted, intensive and personalized instruction and support he needs to get back on track. There are many possible reasons for his delay in acquiring reading skills, and the first step should be a careful evaluation. Ask that the reading specialist at school administer some reading screenings that pinpoint the precise nature of his weaknesses and work with his teacher to ensure that he receive targeted help in his particular areas of weakness. If you (or school personnel) think that a more in-depth look is needed, request (in writing) that a formal evaluation be done to determine his eligibility for special education services. For help understanding how this works, see A Parent’s Guide to IDEA http://www.ncld.org/at-school/your-childs-rights/parents-guide-to-idea. And for a quick overview of the kinds of reading/literacy specific skills that point to LD in reading http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/ld-explained/early-warning-signs/should-i-be-concerned-about-reading-difficulties and http://www.ncld.org/ld-basics/ld-aamp-language/reading/reading-instruction-checklist.
remember to have patience with your son if he can read a few words than he is capable of reading many words if you haven't, start by sight words they are always helpful you can also sit down with your child before bed and read together the same book a couple nights in a roll sometimes that can be encouraging i hope this was helpful and remind him how important he is.
First, we need to figure out what is the basis of why your son is having a harder time learning.
One reason could be that he is easily distracted when it comes to sitting down and reading. It's difficult to pay attention to what is going on in the book when there is so much going on around him. If this is case, he needs to be in a calm, reading environment both at home and in the class when he reads. You can talk to his teacher about this option. Also, when he reads at home, ask him questions about what he reading. What is going on in the story? Who is the main character? Ask him to define some of the vocabulary.
Another reason could be that he is just slower at learning how to read, especially with the vocabulary and absence of pictures accompanying every page. I was the exact same way. It took me up until fifth grade to get used to it. This is completely normal. Have him read to you and help him out when he gets stuck on a word, whether it's because he doesn't know how to pronounce or whether he doesn't know the definition.
A third reason could be that reading isn't fun for him. Make sure that his reading is interesting to him. Every school has a library with tons of books on all different topics. Most teachers even have a classroom library with much variety. They will be more apt to reading if they are interested in what they are reading.
There is a website that could help your child.Let your boy go on Starfall.com.This is a website that could teach your boy the very basic Phonics that he needs to master in order to be able to read. It is interactive, basic, simple and very colorful. Most of my first graders love it.
Try it!! Good Luck!!