Parents can teach too!
Updated: Apr 15, 2021
How well is your child reading?
The first and most important rule in teaching or measuring your child's ability is to NEVER compare one child to another based on their learning ability. Each child learns at their own pace and has their own unique learning style.
As mentioned in my previous blog, reading is fundamental to all learning, hence parents are required to teach reading at home, and develop that love for reading at a young age in children. So, how well is your child reading? Before you diagnose your child with learning disabilities consider reading this article https://www.readingrockets.org/article/about-reading-disabilities-learning-disabilities-and-reading-difficulties. This link explains the differences between reading disabilities, learning disabilities, and reading difficulties. You should also consider having your child diagnosed by a professional, don't just take your own word for it!
If you would like to test your child's reading/phonics skills, you can implement this simple informal test. This brief test will reveal how much phonemic awareness your child has developed.
HOW TO PRESENT THE TEST:
Say to your child … “Today we are going to play a game. I will say a word and then I want you to break the word apart into its sounds. You can tell me each sound of the word in order. For example, if I say “cat” then you say the sounds /k/ /a/ /t/. Let’s practise … say the sounds in “cat” (/k/a/t/) … now say the sounds in “go” (/g/o/) … now say the sounds in “van” (/v/a/n/) (parent demonstrates) Say to your child, “Be careful to say the sounds in the words, not the letters”
Step 1: Say each word, ask your child to say each sound in the word. Mark the incorrect words.
Step 2: Then ask your child to read the WORD columns - If your child can read the word, but not separate the sounds, it indicates your child is sight reading and will likely have future problems. If your child can neither read or separate the sounds, then your child may need further diagnostics and remediation.
SPEAK THE WORDS CLEARLY. You may need to repeat the word. Mark the incorrect words and test again a few days later. Give approval when correct, silence when incorrect.
an (2) /a/n/ sat (3) /s/a/t/ on (2) /o/n/ his (3) /h/i/s/ in (2) /i/n/
hat (3) /h/a/t/ man (3) /m/a/n/ it (2) /i/t/ cat (3) /k/a/t/ of (2) /o/f/ ran (3) /r/a/n/ pet (3) /p/e/t/ to (2) /t/o/ will (3) /w/i/l/ wet (3) /w/e/t/ cats (4) /c/a/t/s/ van (3) /v/a/n/ so (2) /s/o/ and (3) /a/n/d/ slow (3) /s/l/ow/
If your child manged to get most of the words correct without assistance, you can try increasing the difficulty of words. Do another round with your child, this time using five and six letter words. Record your results, and be mindful of levels of frustration, letter omitting, and mispronunciations.
This simple test is just one way of measuring your child's ability to read and decode words. Understanding and identifying areas of difficulty is the first step toward remediation.
in my next blog we would be discussing phonetic skills, and ways to develop your child's phonetic skills at home.
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