Your child may be frustrated from constantly being corrected. You may be frustrated from cons- tantly correcting your child.
Your child is going to make some mistakes;
How to Begin
that is part of learning to read. Some chil-
dren are used to being corrected so often
that they look up after every word to see
if they were right or wrong. This not only
interferes with understanding the text, but
stops children from enjoying reading. Does
this mean that the child never “sounds out”
words? No, you can have the child practice
difficult words before doing the reading.
The following method will minimize cor-
rection and frustration and teach children
to read fluently with books they enjoy.
Children learn to read by reading a book
orally. They see, pronounce, and hear
the words, which helps them remember
words. As listeners, they are able to hear
the rhythm of fluent reading. Following are
two types of books to look for specifically
Predictable, Easy Readers
Go to the book store or library and ask for
the pre-primer and primer book sections
for children. The pre-primers will be the
easiest, because they have many pictures.
Start with easier books and look for these
features in the predictable readers:
• With predictable readers, children have
easy-to-read short stories.
• The pictures in the readers tell the stories.
• Repeated phrases help children follow
and understand the story lines, e.g., The
Three Pigs (“I’ll huff and I’ll puff . . .”) Jack
Language Arts: Reading
By Matthew Glavach, Ph.D.
Frustrated When Teaching Your
Child to Read? Here’s Help!
There is something thrilling about the vibration of sounds that come from a good book.