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My 1st grader & Reading

Posted by on Mar. 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM
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 My dd is in 1st grade, she is a social butterfly she is good with Math and doesn't mind writing a story . The problem is apparently she is to slow when it comes to reading in 1st grade. Her DRA test for Jan. wasn't up to par.'If her scores are not up in May for it's test she will go to summer school and stay back. I personally don't think it's that bad, maybe not up to the standard level so I will work with her in any way I can. As of today I decided(with her father) no T.V. I stayed back in 1st grade & it wasn't good. I watched the friends I had started making in Nursery school all go on ahead of me. (that's not what this is about) I want to help her succeed in life & I would like to know if any mothers have been through this & did some exercises to bring their child up & out of the situation. Like getting them to want to read more. " HELP PLEASE ", that's all I'm looking for.

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by on Mar. 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM
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hunterskysmom
by on Mar. 10, 2012 at 8:18 AM
Here is a bump and I pray that u can help her
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Meltopia529
by on Mar. 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Aww,poor thing. Im sure just by working with ber she'll improve. Best of luck to ypu and her both
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terri76
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 1:30 PM
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 I have not been through this but i just say work with her and encourage her to read more. Let her read outloud to you even if it is just the two of you in the room to make her more comfy if she makes a mistake. To make it mor encouraging for her make it a game or get her to read more by saying if she reads this many times or whatever you get this as a reward for doing well. Alot of kids work better with that. Good Luck to you hun!!!

RedRowan
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 1:39 PM
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Read every day. Have books in the car, in her room, in the living room.
Keep at it. Reading is all about practice.
Sometimes kids like to read to pets, or to younger kids or even to stuffed animals because they can read without anyone pointing out their mistakes.
I would let her do summer school so she doesn't fall further behind.
Good luck!
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soontobemommie3
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM
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Does she do a timed passage every day? That really does help. Just find an age appropriate short story and have her read through it. Tell her to skip the words she doesn't know. At the end of one minute add up how many she got. Go over the words she missed. Them for one week read the sane passage. Pick a new one the next week. They started these in 1st grade here. Taver is a natural reader. Gage struggles a lot. But, this has really helped him.
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GaleJ
by on Mar. 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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I was a reading specialist in a Montessori classroom with children between the ages of six and nine, the normal range for reading skills is quite large and was not necessarily related to age, not all children master skills at the same pace. There are many reading practice methods and each has their own pros and cons but practice is important and should be fun for the reader. I think one of the best ways to practice is to read aloud together, taking turns and having her following the text when it is your turn to read. Help her to sound out words and try to keep the sessions positive, taking time to discuss what you are reading to gauge her comprehension. I always found that it was best to choose books in which the child is truly interested and JUST SLIGHTLY above their current reading level so as to have to work a bit. While reading proficiency is, of course important, unless she is having problems "across the board" I agree with you that holding her back isn't the best choice. Most children do achieve the "standard level" by the age of nine or so unless they have a learning problem so she may just be one of those children who will master the skill a bit later than some of her peers. Please remember that the problem with rating children on the basis of standardized testing is that children, like all of us, simply aren't "standardized" and their progress is better measured over a longer length of time than one school year.

brittonJ
by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 5:05 AM

Is there a step missing? Does she understand phonics, did she memorize all her sight words? You should be working on this at home too.

LeapFrog DVDs - check them out at the library and have her watch them in place of TV if she asks. Phonics, how to make words, how to begin reading - all in a very fun environment with catchy songs to help her memorize. There are also DVDs to help memorize sight words.

Besides that, you do need to read often. No books on tape. Point out signs when you are out.  Read at home together. Have her choose what to make for dinner but have her write out the dinner menu and then read it to the family. Just incorporate it into your daily lives. Don't put the pressure all on her - she can only do so much with what she's been given.

Holding a student back for reading is not a light situation - they don't do this for children who are simply slower readers. She needs some support and extra help in this area. Some kids do and that's okay. Don't be disappointed if she has to be held back.

Army_Mom_2_Boyz
by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 5:42 AM

I agree with this

Quoting RedRowan:

Read every day. Have books in the car, in her room, in the living room.
Keep at it. Reading is all about practice.
Sometimes kids like to read to pets, or to younger kids or even to stuffed animals because they can read without anyone pointing out their mistakes.
I would let her do summer school so she doesn't fall further behind.
Good luck!


LuvingRN
by on Mar. 12, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I think the ladies have given you some good advice.  Good luck!!!

sweetlyblissful
by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:23 AM
My DD is also in 1st grade. She was having a harder time at the start. So the school put her in a reading intervention program where she does extra reading in school. She also brings homework home and 2 books every day and she reads them. It has helped so much. Check to see if her school has any special reading program that can help her besides her basic daily school work. Good luck!
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