Reading levels: quick answers to parents’ top questions

October 1st, 2018

In many schools, children are tested to determine their reading levels, and teachers use that reading-level information to design classroom instruction. Last week, we wrote about the important things that parents need to know about reading levels, but there have been lots of other parent questions, too. Here’s our attempt at brief and accessible answers to your reading level questions!

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Summer reading or bust: When school requirements start to spoil days at the beach

July 19th, 2018

 

For families with kids in school, there is something about mid-July that has to be savored. That’s because it is firmly summertime: school days were long enough ago that the schedule-juggling and homework feel like distant memories, and yet there isn’t that anxious feeling about gearing back up again, which tends to happen as the summer winds down.

 

There is, unfortunately, summer reading pressure for many families. When choosing to read isn’t a popular leisure-time activity for a child, it can put a major damper on summer fun, especially if the parent has to be in the role of Head Nag to get an elementary-aged child to read required texts.

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Why is there all this talk about proficient reading at 3rd grade?

May 5th, 2018

Research shows that children who are strong readers by the end of third grade are more likely to be successful throughout their school years. Most of the children who are struggling readers at this point in elementary school, however, will probably not catch up — not because it’s impossible, but because they would need intensive and appropriate regular instruction by trained specialists, and the motivation  to keep working hard despite feeling not-so-good about reading.

In other words, a negative cycle can occur for children who struggle: Read the article  

My child hates to read. Now what?

February 15th, 2018

At a recent PUP presentation, a parent asked the following question: My second grader doesn’t like to read and I am not sure what to do. Any ideas?

 

There are lots of reasons why a young child might not like to read, but the most likely reason (and the one we worry most about) is that the child is struggling as a reader.

Think of it this way – nobody likes to do things that are too hard; it makes us feel frustrated and often feel bad about ourselves. This is as true for reading as it is for anything else. And it can lead to a vicious cycle—getting good at reading, like anything, takes practice.

So what should the parent of a child who doesn’t like to read do? We recommend the following: Read the article  

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