Need some advice on helping my 7 yr old with reading. When he comes home from school I’ll sit down with him so he can read to me but it doesn’t seem to be helping him like we’d hoped. They also do it at his dads house when they get him. He has a hard time with simple words & he’ll literally just guess & make something up. Idk if it’s just because he doesn’t want to do it or what. His teacher just says to keep doing what we’re doing but he needs more help. Unfortunately we don’t have the $ for a tutor or anything like that. I appreciate any helpful advice &/or resources !
Make reading FUN…I’m sure there’s old cartoon boxes you can use to make cards with letters,. Do puzzles, pick pairs, you can start with simple sight words., If he has a favorite song, Write down a few verses, and point out the words, he will learn to pronounce and identify the words through his favorite song, that way he can learn to identify words anywhere he sees them. Whatever you do, make it fun with little pressure, if you pressure him, he will see it as a challenge and might develop a fear for words and reading. Good luck
Former ESL teacher here: the first thing I would do is take him to the library and pick out books on a subject he is passionate about. Also, if you have a dog or a cat have him read to them as sometimes kids like that more than reading to adults. I hated reading growing up, so my parents would set goals: 1 candy bar for every chapter book you read, 1 sonic blast when you finish a series, etc. Found out when I went to college I hated reading because I am dyslexic! But, if his spelling and handwriting are okay, he most likely is just not interested in reading, so try having him pick out books to read and see if that helps
Go to epic books . com and sign him up trust me it will catch his eye and the audio books have sounds behind the story and they can read along or just listen do that 25 minutes a day . You will see results
Has his vision been tested?
Vision test and see if there are any processing disorders. Dyslexia or other eye sight issues. Hopefully it’s not but it’s better to error on the side of caution.
Has he been tested for dyslexia? Some things you can do: get a list from school of words he should know. Make a duplicate set and start with three or four words and play concentration. Again, with a duplicate set, label everything in the house with one set. Have him draw one card from your hand and then he runs around the house 'till he finds the matching word and comes back and tells you. Several children can play these games. Make it happy and fun.
We used flash cards a lot with my son, we used the ones with words and pictures on them and sounded out every word. I pulled those flash cards out everywhere…Waiting at the doctor’s office or waiting in line at a grocery store etc. Make it fun! Like it’s a game! I hope this helps.
We played a board game with our kiddo. It had all of the alphabet. You rolled a dice and moved the # of steps depicted on the dice. Whatever letter they land on they tell you the letter, sound it makes, and a word that starts with that letter. If they get it right they get a small reward.
Check out READING EGGS. Our school uses it and the young kids love it as it’s interactive and they don’t realised they are learning. My 6 year old can sit on it for hours.
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Partially it’s because phonics isn’t really being taught. And guessing is encouraged.
Here’s my advice to you. Get simple chapter books on subjects he loves. It could be super heroes or animals or adventures… anything. You have him read just the first page of the chapter. Then you read the rest. Also reading to him at night and letting him follow along on the page. Don’t make it a punishment. It kind of sounds like it’s a punishment. Just read everything and anything you can to him.
Also he’s 7. Sometimes it takes a bit of time to come around to reading. I think we expect so much when it comes to reading and our kids. Just read to him. Make it fun.
I used to do the find the words crossword puzzles with my dad. I would say the word and try to find it before him! I won a lot and I wanted to do more.
He’s young…give him time. If he enjoys it he’ll get it. We used to do I’d read a paragraph (or page) then they would read one. My oldest still hates reading because it’s hard for her. My youngest just discovered she loves reading a few months. She just turned 9 so give it time
Ive found that kids who struggle with reading sometimes struggle with letter recognition especially that young. I would definitely suggest going over letters and sounds to reinforce that. Does he have any high frequency flash cards from school? Those help alot as well. Also… reading to him is a GREAT way to build a healthy habit of reading. My son for example didn’t really start reading until about 8ish… he is behind a year and a half academically due to a learning disability but we kept being persistent and reading with him everyday… and that daily routine and repetition really helped solidify his love for reading. Now he reads independently every night before bed.
Its fantastic when parents spot an area of weakness and really try to work alongside teachera to figure out a solution! Youre doing great!!
We just spent our weekends reading, and he eventually developed a love for it. Now at 25 an Avid reader since about 10
Get him reading anything at all to start with. Signs on the street. Cereal boxes. Comics. Magazines. Newspapers.
You don’t need a tutor at this stage hun…most kids learn to read in THEIR own time…just get him to read words …and make it fun…
Please go to clarkness.com they are a lovely site with loads of free downloadable readers for various levels. You can also request personalised books from their range. I saw dyslexia mentioned in some comments. Some of the books also have a ‘dyslexia font’. Above all else, breathe. Take it slow. Your child will read. Try not to compare to other kids. Praise for every work. Consider rewards. All the best
Really sounds like dyslexia…can you have him tested?I live in Scotland and my daughter struggled right up till she got tested in P7…look out for him stressing out at the thought of reading/avoidance tactics ect…Please try not to get frustrated with him,in all likelihood he’s already frustrated with himself and it’ll be knocking his confidence a lot xx