If my child is lagging in reading, should I be worried that it’s a long term issue?

Sep 16, 2013 by

A parent recently asked Dr. Sally the following question:

Should I be worried about my child as the new school year begins? If my child is lagging in reading, should I be worried that it’s a long term issue?

Reading What's SillyHere is Dr. Sally’s reply:

No need to worry… Not one little bit. Here are four easy and natural ways that you and your child together can continue to work on the reading process… all day, everyday, and while having fun at the very same time.

Read to and with your child. Set up a reading time to enjoy books with your child. Just by reading aloud, you are helping your child understand better. The higher the level your child understands, the higher his or her reading level can become.

Incorporate writing into some of the shared time you have with your child. Just by seeing you write, your child will want to write too. The more joy your child gets out of writing, the higher his or her interest will be in reading.

Speak to your child a lot. Explain what you are doing as much as you can. The higher level you speak, the higher the level of comprehension your child will have.

Listen carefully to what your child tells you. As you interact and communicate back, you will be using a higher level of language than your child, and that is an excellent way to help your child build comprehension skills.

Isn’t that special to know that regular everyday high quality language interaction is the best way to prepare your child for his or her upcoming year of reading success?

Here they are again–the four parts of literacy development:

1. Reading

2. Writing

3. Speaking

4. Listening

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