If your child is having problems with words, you might first want to see a speech therapist.
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Good Early Reading Instruction
Once your child starts kindergarten, it’s critical for you to know what research-based reading instruction looks like — and to know if your child is getting it. T
Talk with the teacher and ask if they
provide explicit instruction to the students and if the instruction is based on a recent assessment? Then observe a reading lesson.
A good lesson will focus on one or more of these elements:
Phonemic awareness: Are the students playing games with the sounds in spoken words? For example, "Sun, sock, and sand all start with s. What is another word that begins with that sound?"
Phonics: Do small groups of students work with letters and sounds? Do you see reading materials that contain the letters and sounds they’re studying?
Fluency: Once kids begin to read books, are they reading and rereading familiar books and poems? Does the teacher listen to the students read aloud?
Vocabulary: Are the students talking with each other and the teacher? Does the teacher share interesting words?
Comprehension: Does the teacher teach strategies to help kids understand what they read? Are students encouraged to ask and answer questions about what they’ve read?
The Power of Preschool
A good preschool can help your child stay on track for learning how to read.
When you are deciding on a pre school, observe, and look for classrooms that include the following sorts of activities each day.
Reading books, poems, and nursery rhymes aloud
Talking with children and encouraging them to talk
Helping children learn letter names and sounds
Playing games that help children learn to recognize rhymes and similar sounds
Exploring writing with the children
Exposing children to new and interesting words within their classroom
During your child’s preschool years, help him build the following strengths. They may make learning to read easier.
A good vocabulary. Can your child express her needs and wants using words? Does your child understand you when you speak directly to her? Can she tell a story?
Following directions. Can your child follow simple two or three step directions? Learning letters and sounds. Can your four year old name some of the letters of the alphabet? Does he enjoy reading favorite books and writing using letter-like forms?