With a little help and encouragement, your struggling reader can see success spelled in his future! Find out more on today’s Home School Heartbeat, with HSLDA President Mike Smith and special needs coordinator Faith Berens.
This week, we've been talking about homeschooling children who struggle with reading. Faith, in our last program, you began sharing some practical suggestions for teaching struggling readers. What else would you say to parents who are working to help their child succeed in reading?
Well, it may sound simplistic, but read, read, read! I can’t emphasize that enough—daily read-aloud time, family read-aloud time, provide books on audio or cassette for your children to sing along with and read along with, teach your children nursery rhymes, and please limit the amount of screen time. The American Association of Pediatricians recommends no screen time for children under 2, and for children above age 2, just one or two hours a day.
By screen time, are you talking about computers?
Yes, computer and TV.
And finally, if your child is struggling with reading, please don’t hesitate to reach out to other homeschooling parents or call one of us in the struggling learner department.
Thanks for joining us this week on the program, Faith! We appreciate your work to help parents successfully homeschool their struggling learners. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.