Questions tagged [reading]

Questions relating specifically to reading, including learning how to read, problems with reading, and establishing behavior related to reading. Please note that recommendations for specific reading material is off topic.

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How to improve a 7-year-old's reading?

Our 7-year-old boy has just started 2nd grade. His testing has shown that his reading and math is at a kindergarten level. We've done the math homework every single night, and he understands it at ...
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Should you teach your children to identify letters or write letters first?

My oldest daughter is 3. I'm trying to teach her how to read and write (in English). My daughter can recite the alphabet A-Z, but cannot identify the letters. She can trace over letters that I write ...
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How to support a 7-year-old who is behind in school for reasons other than intellectual and learning disability?

The kid in question is 7 years old and just finishing first grade. His parental guardian is his aunt (his father is not in the picture and his biological mother lost custody of him when he was very ...
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Encouraging my sister to read and write

A lot of other questions here have a similar theme, but I want to address a specific problem that I couldn't find answers for. My sister has no interest in reading at all - she's 5 (going to ...
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Reading problems with my 5 year old son

My son is 5 years old and he is facing challenges with reading and spellings. He is able to identify and read letters like, a,p,p,l,e but not complete word i.e. apple mostly. He is very good with ...
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Does anyone know a cautionary tale about seeing the bigger picture?

I want to teach my kids the value of stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture. A story or fable would be great, although I'm pretty sure Aesop didn't write one about this subject. The ...
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Bed time stories for a 6 year old boy

So I have a 5 year old boy, turning 6 in 2 months. We've been reading Harry Potter as bed time stories, and it has been great. We've gotten to book 5 now and it has started to be more grown up, I ...
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Making reading books the only option on long car commutes a bad idea?

I have a 7 year old son in 1st grade. His school is rather far away, and it takes about 40 minutes for me to drive him there. We are a very busy family, and so I want this time in the car to be "time ...
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Strategies to read longer stories to a 3 years old

My daughter is 3 years and about 2 months old and a total books' child. She enjoys being read to very much. Recently I've started reading The Robber Hotzenplotz to her (a german children's book from ...
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My 8 year old daughter tries to “guess” the words while she tries to read. Any tip to address this?

My 8 year old daughter tries to "guess" the words while she tries to read. Any tip? Sounds like she is anxious to read fast. I would like to help to help her pointing where it is wrong, but i feel ...
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Has W. Fowler's infancy reading method been replicated/improved?

From J. Medina's Brain Rules for Babies: Educational psychologist William Fowler trained a group of parents to talk to their children in a particular fashion, following some of the guidelines ...
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How to further an aptitude toward early literacy?

Every so often in our 2.5-year old daughter's life I catch myself marveling at some skill that our daughter seems to master far beyond what I naively expected her to be able to do. I'm sure many ...
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Is there any benefit in reading to a baby 2 weeks old?

My baby is now 2 weeks old. I am eager to read to her because of all the associated reading benefits. Birth to 6 months: Since an infant's vision is still developing, choose books with little or ...
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How to read to a 4-year old and a 2-year old at the same time

I often have to do the bedtime routine for our two children on my own (they go to bed at the same time). They each choose a book and I read to them together, but the older (4 years) frequently ...
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Kid reading too fast

My kid is reading multiple books a day (He is home for summer holidays for now). I gather it is a good, but I doubt that he reads every word & line while reading. Should I worry that this will ...
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Answering questions about why words are pronounced/spelled as they are

This question is based on English, but many other languages might have equivalent issues (if, perhaps, less frequent). My almost-five year old is learning to read (has learnt, really), and is a very ...
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Helping my four year old not mistake 'b' and 'd' (or 'p' and 'q')

My four year old (nearly five) is reading very well, level 2 easy readers already, and in general showing signs of enjoying reading quite a lot. He still has one issue that trips him up constantly, ...
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How do I help my four-year old feel like they can do a challenge?

Today I offered my four-year old some flash-cards we had made together of the letters: M, N, O, P, Q and R. (Having done A-F, G-L on the two days before). We'd draw the letter, think of something ...
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How do I get my child engaged with practicing letters?

My first child made the connection between reading and practicing letters, and loved getting anybody and everybody to help practice letters (girl at 4, now 6). My second child (boy at 4) is keen ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of learning sight words (English)

Our 5 year old received a gift of a game that helps learning sight words. Our (the parent's) first language is not English, and I have never heard this term before. Wikipedia states that: Sight ...
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3 year old no longer interested in bedtime stories

Recently we moved across the country. Prior to this, my daughter always loved bedtime stories and we read three stories every night. Her grandma got her a "nabi" that she's now grown to love. She no ...
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How to read one book to two children on different levels at the same time

We have 3 children so they outnumber us. Part of our bedtime routine involves book time. Once upon a time, this meant Mr. Dad reads to one kid and Mrs. Mom reads to the other. That's not really an ...
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How do I get an 11-year-old to engage in active language comprehension?

Apologies for the vague title, but I wasn't sure how exactly to put the situation. My 11-year-old sister refuses to read properly. (I am out of the house, but my parents discuss the problem with me ...
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How do I instil confidence when my child (aged 5 nearly 6) declines to read a book as 'too hard' when sent home from school as homework?

My daughter is 5 (nearly 6) and approaching the end of Kindergarten. She brings home three books to read every day for a week from school (new ones every week). Today she said: No I don't want to ...
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How should I deal with a third-grader who gets distracted from his work by reading?

My son is in third grade. He is quite intelligent, and he loves to spend his time reading. However, this is sometimes a bit of a problem, both at home and at school. Rather than paying close ...
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Discussing early literacy tools with parents

I have three couple-friends, all with toddlers (12-14 months), who rarely ever involve literacy in their child's lives. As an educator and researcher I know how strong a correlation early reading has ...
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My 2.5 years old daughter asks to learn to read

My daughter is a big fan of books. She can spend one hour in a row looking at her books, and often asks my wife and me to read her a story. We are a french family. For 2 weeks, she's been looking at ...
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How to get 10-year-old to diversify his reading?

My 10 year old loves comics and graphic novels. LOVES them. I have absolutely nothing against comics - I think they're great and have seen some great works in that medium. But it's all he'll read. He ...
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Suggestions on making reading fun for a 10 year old girl

What are some suggestions on making reading fun for a 10 year old girl, that dislikes reading? When I tell her to read a book, she thinks it's a punishment that I'm making her read. I try to explain ...
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Reading to a colicky infant?

My 4-week-old daughter suffers from extreme gas pain that leaves her spending very few waking hours in a content, attentive state. Our lives for the past month have literally been about near-constant ...
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Structured reading coaching

I want to give my child (just about to turn 6) some structure coaching in reading over the summer. I want to do this myself to see how she's progressing. Are there any sites or books that will ...
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How to help my 1st grade daughter with her reading comprehension?

My daughter is in her 1st grade and she is quite good at reading. By that I mean she can pronounce difficult words, read books with the correct pause and expressions. She can even read fast. But what ...
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How to deal with rat and mouse, and fox, wolf, and jackal in story books?

I don't know the difference between rat and mouse, and fox, wolf, and jackal in real life. Means that I know they are different but I can't make out who's who on seeing them. The story books have ...
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What else can I teach a 2.5 yo child related to reading, pattern recognition, and memory?

Our daughter is 2 years and 5 months old and for some time already she knows all the letters (i.e. both reciting and recognising letter by letter in written words), numbers to 10, common shapes, and ...
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How does one deal with excessive timidity in 8 year olds? Is it even excessive

My son has reached the point that if something scares him once then he doesn't want to deal with it anymore on any level. I can understand this for something like "Star Wars." But this has extended ...
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When to start teaching reading

My son is 2 and 1/2 years old, he has been "reading" story books since he was about 8 weeks old (sitting on my knee while i read to him), when he started talking, he started to point out names of ...
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What's wrong with Dr Seuss?

Our toddler is about the right age to start enjoying Dr Seuss books, and I don't see anything wrong with them (I had one as a child which I loved). But my own mother (despite this) hates them, and so ...
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Correlation between study time and eyesight problems

Are there studies on the correlation between the time a kid spends on studying which includes reading/writing/doing homework/using computer etc and any eyesight problems they develop?
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What would be a reason for a child with good reading skills to “pretend-read” stuff?

My child (6), before she learned reading for real, had a habit of "reading" things like toy instructions, or promotional fliers, etc... - we joked that she learned to read from my T-shirts :) What ...
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How do I determine if my child is ready for a specific book?

Related: Finding Great Books at the Right Level Of course various books have generic maturity levels. But all children are different, and so are all books; so general guidelines aren't always useful -...
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How do I deal with a child waking up at night and starting to read?

My 6YO daughter has a major problem. She likes to read. The issue is, that she is so addicted to reading, she will do it when she really shouldn't. Like at night. More specifically, she will wake ...
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How does one go about determining if a child, adolescent or teen is capable of understanding a given book?

This question was inspired by one posed on the Science Fiction Stack Exchange by a parent wondering about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Through some commentary and discussion, he did clarify ...
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Toddler and Reading

Ok, I'm struggling to read to the little'un. She loves books, in that throughout the day she will go and fetch books, and sit with them and turn the pages. The book might be upside down, but hey. Big ...
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When a child only gets enthused about books above his reading level

My six year-old son gets very excited about Lego Chima and Ninjago, and when we go to the library, he specifically asks me to find books about them. I want to indulge his enthusiasm for reading. The ...
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All of a sudden my daughter thinks she isn't reading well, because sometimes her fluency slows

My seven year old can read books for thirteen year olds and understand what she is reading. She has good fluency even while reading books for eleven year olds. Her vocabulary is that of a 16 or 17 ...
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The school has assigned reading I feel is inappropriate for my son to read. How do I approach this problem with the school and with my son?

The school has assigned The Hunger Games as a literature reading assignment for my 11 year old. I read the books and enjoyed the ride, but feel the brutality is too much for this age group, in this ...
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My 4 year old son always takes away any new book or magazine that I read. How to deal with it?

My son does not allow me to read any NEW book or magazine and always becomes cranky till I stop reading and hand over that book to him. Initially I thought it might be temporary thing but now, it ...
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How to find websites to help 5 year olds to learn to read

What are the primary ways I could search for websites which contain stories suitable for five year old children learning to read? I've tried using phrases like "Children learning to read stories" and ...
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How to inspire a 7 year old to accelerate reading efforts?

I have a seven year old son who is having a hard time "getting inspired" to read regularly. This is somewhat of a struggle for me as his older brother was reading Harry Potter at around his age and ...
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In what way does reading story books to babies help them (besides falling sleep), and at what age should it be started?

There is a cultural difference. Where I come from there is no concept of reading story books as a bed time ritual to babies. Though I do remember my father telling me mythological stories in order ...