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My 6 year old daughter, is having difficulty in learning to read. Do anyone have any good tips on how to help her? I do read to her, but she doesn't sit still long enough to really work with her. If anyone can drop any tips, I would really appreciate it. Thanks.
My daughter's kindergarten teacher uses flash cards with what she calls "sight words" -- words that kids should know on sight.
a, an, the, then, than, for, is, you, I, me, we, us, and words that are so common like that. It really does help. She also recommends when you are reading to follow along with your finger so that kids get an idea of how we read from left-to-right, top-to-bottom. Sound out words, don't just read them. My daughter has made real progress with this, and is able to sound out or recognize a lot more words now. She'll be 6 in a few weeks, and is starting first grade on Monday. Very exciting!
I wish you luck with your daughter! This is a very magical time for kids this age -- everything is new, and they get such a sense of accomplishment with each step forward.
Unfortunately, this is my daughter's second time through Kindergarten this year. She just wouldn't settle down to learn or write in school or at home. What I couldn't understand was that she was the smartest child in her headstart class. She knew all of her colors, basic shapes, A B C's, and she could count to 20. Then we tried to work with her last summer so she wouldn't forget what she had already learned. She then started kindgarten only to have a teacher that wasn't very patient with her and dubbed her a 'problem child' and telling me that my child was 'mentally challenged'. (Which wasn't true, we even had her tested and she tested fine.) We changed her to a different school, but she only became more withdrawn in school. The teacher told me she would pass her on the the first grade, (but my child didn't know half of what she was supposed to know). It was my decision to keep her in kindergarten again this year. Unfortunately, Sylvanna was crushed to see her friends go on and she have to stay behind. But she knows that she has to do better this year, so she can go on to the next grade.
The good news is, she has a got new teacher this year. Syl seems to have taken more of an interest in school, than last year. But she gets frustrated quite easily. Her new teacher sends homework assignments home for her to with me and my husband. She seems to be doing quite well. We've bought flash cards for letters and numbers to help her to learn them a little better. But she still gets frustrated when it comes to trying to learn to read.
Thanks for the tips, Roz. :D I will make some 'sight word' flash cards and work with her on those. Hopefully, she will catch on. I have just recently purchased some of the easy-to-read books to work with her also. Thanks again for the tips. :D
Mss, I just crossed with this thread I have a couple of questions if you don't mind to answer to understand a bit better the situation. We are talking about Syl right who is 6 years old, isn't she supposed to be in first grade? What I mean is when a child turns 6 isn't he/she automatically goes to first grade?. I'm a bit confused about how is done in the USA. In Argentina a kid goes to kindergarden at 4, then pre-school at 5 and then starts first grade at 6. But there are kids like my sister who never went to kindergarden or pre-school before, she went straight into first grade. How it is in the USA?.
Second, I think that her first teacher not being patience with her must cause her to fee very frustrated (you really don't know what the teacher may have told her like 'you're not very smart' and those awful things some teachers say behind the backs of the parents ::) ) Just try to praise her for every little effort she does, keep reminding her how smart she is. When you changed schools, that may have also affect her (for what I get it seems like Syl has a problem with adapting to new situations and of course she is only 6 years old! she's allow to ;) ). If she likes to sing, play as much music as she likes and make her read the lyrics! ;). What kind of problems she has on reading? do you think she may suffer from dislexia? it will not hurt to just test her to see if she doesn't have it. :) I will wait for your answers to give more insight on this thread. :)
Thanks LDS and I will be glad to answer some of the questions you have asked. :D
|We are talking about Syl right who is 6 years old, isn't she supposed to be in first grade? What I mean is when a child turns 6 isn't he/she automatically goes to first grade?|
|How it is in the USA?|
|What kind of problems she has on reading? do you think she may suffer from dislexia?|
Thanks for the answers Mss!.
|She makes up her own words, while I am trying to work with her on her reading. Or she will find other things to do, while we are reading to her and trying to get her to follow along with the story. I don't know if she is dislexic or not. I do know that her biological father has a learning disorder, but I am not sure which one. But I didn't think that learning disorders were inherited|
|I do know that when she gets frustrated while she is practicing her writing, she will write everything backwards|
I will look more into finding a doctor around here that can test her for dyslexia. I think I can take her to the same place, where she was tested for ADHD.
|some kids need maybe the kind of schools where the teachers can work on an individual basis|
Ok, here's an update on how things are going with my oldest child learning to read.
She is finally recognizing her 'sight words' (thanks Farseer for that tip ;) ). She seems to be doing better in class, but we still have some problems with her trying to read those easy to read books. But we are still working with her on this.
She is also scheduled to be tested for Dyslexia and ADD the second week in October. I am hoping it's just a phase of having a disruptive behavior and not ADD.
I will post more once I get the test results back on it. Thanks again, LDS and Farseer for you tips and help. :)