Tips for Helping Your Child Read at Home

Are you looking for ways you can help your child read at home? Check out the suggestions below.

When your child is having difficulty with a word and guessing based on the first sound or the picture, model how to stop and break the word down into its individual sounds, then blend them together. 

When your child is struggling with a word, encourage them to look for common spelling patterns they already know. For example, if they know how to read “pig,” point out that the word “twig” has that same spelling pattern at the end, so all we need to do is decode the beginning sounds and blend them all together. 

Encourage your child to focus on reading accurately rather than quickly, especially as they are first learning. As your child’s reading skills improve, they will become more fluent.

If your child often skips words or lines of text, encourage them to follow along with their finger under the line of print when reading. 

When reading longer words, encourage your student to chunk the word into syllables and then blend them together.


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Meghan Miller | Director of Learning Center Individualized Programs
Meghan started her career as a Speech-Language Pathologist in 2014. She is licensed through the Minnesota Department of Health, certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), and a Certified Educator for ADHD. Meghan began working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and, through that work, found an interest in literacy instruction. As the Learning Center Director of Individualized Programs, Meghan leads the Tutoring, Summer, and Speech-Language Programs. She has experience evaluating and providing one-on-one and small group support for students, teaching classes, providing professional development, and developing a curriculum focused on executive functioning and writing. Her passion lies in helping students reach their full potential by supporting reading, writing, and executive functioning skills.
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