One frequently asked question I tend to have by clients and friends with children is, “How do I help a struggling reader?” Or better yet, “How do I help my struggling reader succeed at home?” This seems to be the central question on the minds of those who have children or grandchildren who are trying to “survive” in the classroom, as well as during homework time.
How to Make Learning to Read Easier [What’s the Secret?]
If you’re struggling to help your child learn to read, you’re not alone. Learning to read is pretty much the basis of everything else we learn to do, and for many kids, it’s extremely challenging. I would like to share reasons for why I am a firm believer in using phonics to teach children to read, and also give you some ideas for how to teach phonics the easy way! So…what’s the secret? I’ll share this a little later in this post:)
How My First Grade Teacher Made Reading With Phonics More Exciting
When I was in the first grade, my teacher taught our class how to read using the phonetic approach. Reading quickly became my favorite subject! It seemed fun and easy! I mastered the art of breaking words apart, sounding them out, and putting them back together until I no longer needed to do this.
We, as human beings, have been conditioned to want to do those things that we love, and ignore the things that bore us or make us feel uncomfortable! I know that I tend to put off the things that don’t motivate me in favor of the things that I totally enjoy doing! Who doesn’t?!
For many children, regardless of age, reading is something they would rather avoid…like the plague! These children have most likely never been given the tools necessary to become successful readers. So, they see reading as a tedious chore, or as something they would rather not do. They need to learn that reading is actually something fun to do!