Every child is gifted. They learn at different paces. They excel at different things. They develop in their own time. Some love to read. Some prefer to play more. There are those who can sit for 60 minutes to learn while others last only 60 seconds glued to the chair. No matter what, at the end of the day, they are gifted.
There is this 7 year old who is one of the bubbliest person I have ever met. She has an exceptional memory. She can remember stories told to her real fast and she can tell it back. She speaks very fluently as she is exposed to many English shows. At 7, she uses words like ‘amazing’ and ‘terrifying’. And she knows exactly how to use it.
Her struggle? Reading. She recognizes the sound and meaning of the words, but at the moment, she can’t read them.
Do you know any kid who face difficulties reading? Here is what I am doing with this girl. Oh! She’s the I need to jump after 60 seconds girl ;).
I write simple sentences in her book. 3 maximum. Just enough to occupy her for 1 minute. And I start with 3-4 letter words. She reads and spells the words to me. She then takes the book home and reads with her parents. For every time that she reads, she gets to draw a cat in her book. She is obsessed with cats. We do this every day. This kid is lucky her parents are super supportive and make time to sit with her to read despite having a full day themselves. We have been doing this for 2 weeks. Today, she brought her own book and asked me to teach her that book.
Try this. Start with simple sentences. Read with them and give them a reward, according to what they like to do. A reward doesn’t always have to be in the form of things. Let them DO something they love once they’ve completed their reading.
Need help with what sentences? Well I will need to know how much they know first. So get in touch with me to see how we can help your child 🙂
I must share with you that the key is for you to read with your kids. They will appreciate the time they spend with you and their interest to become even better, will increase. After all, all children want to make their parents proud, don’t we?