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Children learn to read by reading!
Reading is a skill that needs to be practiced!
Professional athletes and musicians practice their skills DAILY ~ MORE than you can imagine!
Everyone has heard the proverb "practice makes perfect." In learning to read it is true that reading practice – just reading – is a powerful contributor to the development of accurate, fluent, high-comprehension reading (Allington, 2009).
Even if your child is in 3rd, 4th, or even 5th grade you can still read at home with him/her! Alternate reading pages or paragraphs aloud to each other. Borrow books from the library on tape or CD and have your child follow along, too. View the books on DVD if available, and compare/contrast to the text!
Parents, research shows that struggling readers read even less than their grade level peers because they are always asked to read aloud, causing them to continue to fall even further behind. Please give your child some "read-to-self" time at his/her just right level.
WHAT IS A PROFICIENT READER? According to the University of New England, "proficient readers know what and when they are comprehending and when they are not comprehending; they can identify their purposes for reading and identify the demands placed on them by a particular text. They can identify when and why the meaning of the text is unclear to them, and can use a variety of strategies to solve comprehension problems or deepen their understanding of a text" (Duffy et al. 1987; Paris, Cross, and Lipson, 1984). Good readers are metacognitive; they think about their thinking! Click here:
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