Learn to Read; reading program for struggling students
I am going to tell you something you know, but maybe you forgot you knew. People will work harder at having fun than at work. When kids learn to love to read, then they will work harder at reading. I am going to give you a free lesson on how to make that connection for your child or student that is struggling to read. Poetry, yes poetry is the answer for many reasons. Reason one, we can provide poems that have meaning without a lot of “text” or words. When you don’t know how to read words are scary. Reason two, we can provide poems that rhyme and our memories will help us know the word without having to decode it. Third if learning to read is hard because of dyslexia, any visual processing or auditory problems that make hearing the sounds (especially those dang vowels) hard, poems give us more clues because the words LOOK and SOUND different.
As an adult who still doesn’t hear vowel sounds well, reading words that look or sound almost like other words I feel the pain. How many adults confuse words like full proof and fool proof? TONS of us. So again, you KNOW this but forget it. Sounds play a big factor in tripping up students who are not learning to read at the rate we want or expect.
There is the why, so now, onto the Free reading lesson. This is the reading program you want to use. The youtube does a great job of showing it, but here it is in a nutshell.
Find a rhyming poem that isn’t too long that might be of interest to your child/student. Have it up in a pocket chart or spread out on the floor in order with words written on sentences strips.
Read the poem. Talk about it, point out repeating words, how they look the same, and where they are located. (yes, every clue helps)
Read it again, ask your partner (child) to read the popular words, or the rhyming words or any word they seemed interested in.
Now ask, “which word is truck?” work together, talk about the sound it starts which, which letter is that, where are words with that letter, then it ends in the “K” sound. Does that match? yep, and you are right that is the word truck.
This metacognition is what many students do on their own and quite automatically but some of us need to know it is ok, to think all theses clues and then guess and then check. They need to know using your brain is what good readers do, they don’t just blurt and guess and give up and move on.
This work can be done with one child or five. The word play lasts as long as you have their attention. Keep it fun and get them moving. Letting off their energy by crawling or standing and moving back and forth honestly does help them engage.
After you have dissected the poem, put it away.
Tomorrow, read the poem again, have the words out, spread everywhere and ask them to help you build it. Start with the first word and work together to find it.
Now I am tempted to tell you rinse and repeat. Because well, that is what you do. Read a poem, pick it apart, read it, put it together until the child feels happy and comfortable that they are reading.
Get a new poem and do it all over again.
In my RSP classroom and at home with my youngest daughter I found it takes about three full cycles before we move on. But, I have never EVER not had a student learn to read.
Yes, it takes longer sometimes but kids, like adults will work hard at play.
Here is the link to the youtube.
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