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Reading! What Does it Mean for a Soon to be a First Grader?

Reading Still a Struggle, What that Means for a Soon to be a First Grader

The most common cause for reading difficulties or struggles is a learning impairment known as, Dyslexia. The impairment provides a challenge for young readers to read due to the inability to identify sounds and understand how the sounds relate to words and letters. Dyslexia which is also known as a reading disability affects the brain area that processes language. Children with reading disabilities have normal vision, normal hearing abilities, and intelligence levels (IQ).

Aside from Dyslexia, your child can struggle with another learning impairment called Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This causes a child to have impulsive behaviors or to be hyperactive. ADHD makes it hard for a child to focus or concentrate. This mainly affects working memory, making it impossible for a child to hold onto information and later apply it. ADHD not only makes it hard for a child to read, but it also slows down a child’s ability to process information. One-on-One tutoring support removes the unnecessary distractions that a typical classroom setting provides—creating an ideal space for struggling readers to learn How-To-Read at their own pace with a State Certified Teacher.

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First Grader or soon to be a First Grader

Most kids with reading difficulties can perform excellently if given the right support, such as specialized education or tutoring program tailored to the learning pace. Emotional support is also vital for dyslexia and ADHD kids to succeed academically. While there is no cure for Dyslexia or ADHD, early intervention and assessment can lead to positive results. Unfortunately, there are cases when the condition is not recognized early until later years. This article focuses on reading struggles among preschoolers, Kindergarteners, and First Graders and what to look out for to determine if your child could be having a problem.

Signs of Reading Struggles Before Your Child Begins School

It can be difficult to detect that your child has reading difficulties early on, especially before they are enrolled in school. Nevertheless, there are some cues that you can look out for to determine if, indeed, there is a problem. Some of the signs that you can detect at an early age that your child could be an exceptional learner include the inability to learn new words, late talker, or difficulty forming words. The child could also confuse words with the same sounds or reverse sounds in letters and words. Early signs of reading support needs in children before first grade also involve the difficulty of remembering letters, colors, and numbers association.

Signs to Look Out for After the Child Joins Preschool

Signs of reading struggles become clear once a child goes to school. Once the child is enrolled in preschool or kindergarten, the teacher may be the first to notice that the child is struggling to read. The appearance of the process can vary from one child to another but can fully be understood once the child begins to read. For example, a child may struggle to play rhyming games and nursery rhymes. The child may also find it hard to differentiate words that begin with a similar sound.

The child’s reading capabilities may be below expectation based on their age. Such children may also have issues understanding and processing what they hear. Another sign of a reading struggle is the inability to find the right words to answer a question and remember the order of things. In addition, you may notice that the child has trouble finding differences and similarities in words and letters. A child may also struggle to pronounce unfamiliar words or find it hard to spell some words.

Reading struggle can also be expressed through the inability to complete a task that involves writing or reading. A child with this learning impairment may also avoid reading activities. Reading struggle among young children can also be expressed by the inability of the child to comprehend what has been read. Low comprehension in reading is also a red flag that your child could need reading support. A child may also find it difficult to connect ideas of what they have to connect ideas to familiar real-life situations.

NOTE: It’s important to screen your child for hearing and vision problems if you notice they have delayed speech or articulation problems before concluding that they have a reading struggle.

Not Ready to Read

Sometimes children need the space to read and have not reached the maturity necessary to learn How-To-Read in a typical classroom full of many student paces. Unfortunately, the pace of most typical schools does not have the luxury to make room for children who need that extra time to become readers. Either way school curriculum moves forward, and children miss the opportunity to be exposed to proper reading skills. One-on-One Support is the most ideal for students who need that extra time to learn at their own pace and become lifelong readers.

Last Thought:

Reading is a fundamental skill that every kid deserves to master for their future. When reading solutions are created earlier on for struggler readers and handled effectively, it changes everything for a student, from low self-esteem to other emotional issues to develop a love for learning.

My passion for equipping students with the ability to READ began with my personal struggles with learning How-To-Read in Kindergarten. My parents were immigrants to the USA and did not often understand the American School system. As a result, most of my school life was confusing and unclear, but along the way, TEACHERS assist my parents and changed my destiny. Later on, it was discovered that I had a unique Learning Disability that explained my journey.

by Sarah Katrina Maruani

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