And thank you
for caring about those who want and need to improve their reading ability.
This website will provide you the powerful strategies
you need to help struggling readers. Strategies that good readers use.
These strategies will help your struggling reader:
Raise his reading level
by 62% of a full grade in 20 weeks,
Increase his reading comprehension and vocabulary
Improve his reading fluency
what he has read, and
Strengthen his phonics and phonemic awareness
Your struggling reader will know how to figure out, and learn, the ‘hard words’ in a sentence.
No more feelings of shame and embarrassment.
“I can do it myself!”
His amazing improvement will happen as he and you, (his helper) follow the Rolling Readers 5-step Stairway to Success
strategies focus on Sentence Structure, Meaning
. They also Prepare his mind to learn
, by activating
multiple areas of the brain.
Because of your help, his confidence sky-rockets. His feelings of
success and pride give him a higher opinion of himself. His love of
Again, Thank You, so very much!
To support this training, be sure the child understands “explicit” phonics
Many struggling readers have failed to learn (or weren't taught) the basic sounds of letters and combinations of letters.
Also encourage the use of ‘closed captions’ when watching TV. These same language sub-titles can double the functional reading ability of primary school children
. As reported by former President Bill Clinton on www.captionsforliteracy.com
, (video from PlanetRead.org).
How good readers find the ‘Hard Words’ in a sentence.
I asked a struggling reader. “What does your mind do when you come to a hard word?”
“Nothing,” he said.
‘Hard words’ are the words we don't know as we are reading. And most struggling readers don't know there are techniques they can and should use to figure out the word.
Hard words should be considered the same as blanks to be filled in. So to find the word in a sentence you don't know, do what you do when filling in a blank.
Good readers long ago learned these techniques so they are now intuitive. You don't even know you are using them.
This short exercise will illustrate these good reader concepts.
Scroll to “The Role of the Tutor”.
As you fill in the blanks, pay specific attention to what your mind is doing.
Your answers must “Look Right” (phonics), “Sound Right” (sentence structure), and “Make Sense” (Meaning).