Don’t miss this helpful interview with parent, educator, and author, Kim Jocelyn Dickson: Helping Your Struggling Reader
In this interview, you will learn:
1) Why 75% of students fall behind in reading by the third grade
2) Strategies for helping these children regain their educational traction
3) What parents can do to make sure their school district provides necessary services for their child
My biggest takeaway from “Helping Your Struggling Reader” with Kim Jocelyn Dickson is that although 75% of children who are behind in reading by third grade never catch up, these grim statistics don’t have to be the rule.
Most kids start out behind before they even begin school. Without a reading foundation or toolbox built in the home, a child starts out school with a tremendous disadvantage. That disadvantage only compounds with time. Third grade is an important year because after third grade, children are no longer learning to read. Now they are using their reading skills to learn other subjects, like history, science, and more. If they have difficulty reading after third grade, they will have difficulty learning.
With diligent effort and cooperation between parents and educators every child has the potential to become a competent reader. Toward that end, Kim encourages all parents to develop a culture of reading in the home. When kids see their parents reading on a regular basis, they’re encouraged to incorporate reading in their own lives. Although this can be difficult for parents who do not have a habit of reading themselves, taking on this challenge together with your children will pay off in so many ways.
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