Archive for the ‘Reading Strategies for Kids’ Category

Ask Reading Kingdom: Will the “Reading Wars” Ever be Over?

Frank (Reading Teacher) asks: Will the “reading wars” ever be over? Reading Kingdom answers: Prediction is hazardous and I will try to avoid it by taking a somewhat different tack in approaching this question. Rather than comment on the future, I will start by dealing with the past—in particular, the forces that I believe are responsible for the continuation of…

Ways To Encourage Your Reluctant Reader

Oftentimes, children who dislike reading are those that experience difficulties in learning to read. A key to overcoming their reluctance is to encourage them often. Here are some tips to encourage reluctant readers. Getting a reluctant reader to enjoy reading can be a very tough goal to accomplish. Once kids get it in their heads that they do not like…

How to Help Struggling Readers Boost Their Confidence

Chris (Parent) asks: What’s one way you help struggling readers boost their confidence? Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of Reading Kingdom) answers: When a child is struggling, adults feel a strong pull to shore up their confidence by providing lots of praise (e.g., “you really tried,that was great” etc.) In general, those attempts backfire. Children know very well when they are…

Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read

Sixth-grader Josh Thibeau has been struggling to read for as long as he can remember. He has yet to complete a single Harry Potter book, his personal goal. When he was in first grade, Josh’s parents enrolled him in a research study at Boston Children’s Hospital investigating the genetics of dyslexia. Since then, Josh has completed regular MRI scans of…

Ask Reading Kingdom: What are the top questions from homeschoolers about early literacy?

Pamela (parent) asks: What is a top question or concern you receive from parents of home schooled children about early literacy? Reading Kingdom answers: Home schoolers and non-home schoolers often express a common concern. Both groups repeatedly question the key role that writing plays in the Reading Kingdom. Often the question is phrased in the following terms: I want my…

Ask Reading Kingdom: Does a child require supervision to be able to learn to read?

Reagan (teacher) asks: Does a child require supervision to be able to learn to read? If you put a 5 year old kid in a room full of books, could he/she hypothetically learn to read without a teacher? Reading Kingdom answers: According to ancient records, people have been intrigued by questions like this for centuries. For example, the historian Herodotus,…