Tips For Reading Teachers, Part One

Reading is an essential life skill.  Without the ability to read, a person cannot function independently and successfully in society, as it affects all areas of life.  People begin to read at a young age, with some reading by the time they are just five or six, and others struggling to read successfully until eight or nine years of age.  As a reading teacher, it can often be challenging to work with children when they struggle to read. 

The first step in teaching a child to read is to determine what reading level they are at.  If they are able to read books that have a few words on every page, then stick with books that only have that many words.  If they can read books with a few sentences on a page, then give them books with only so many sentences.  Many people try to present children with more challenging books in an attempt to get them to work harder and improve their reading level faster, but all that serves to do is intimidate the child, and frustrate them even more, making it more likely for them to adopt a defeatist attitude, as well as a negative attitude towards reading.  If a child reads two books with 50 words each, then they are getting the same practice as if they had read one book with 100 words, however, they will feel as though they have accomplished more because they have read two books, as opposed to only one book.