hi, thanks for sharing. one idea would be to find out what her interests are and load up on articles and books that emphasize her favorite topic. another idea would be to relax a little. sometimes kids shy away from doing what we try so desperately to get them to do. what really helped me and my child were the SRA 'Hooked on Phonics' series. finally, let her see you read. make a habit to turn off the tv and radio, even. too much visual stimuli competes for your child's concentration. i'll post an old article shortly. perhaps you'll like it.17687
I think Maybe you can turn to some interesting ways that can draw your daughter's interest. My DD is using beestar.org. It's a lovely website. She is doing the weekly exercises on it and loves the online exercises very much. You can have your daughter try the English language art program that is full of interesting stories. Besides, the exercises are timed, I think this can also help her to concentrate. Lisa 17688
Ask what the book was about, what she just read. What she thought about the story. After every couple pages intil she gets the hang of it. The key is to ask alot of questions. Without being too forceful about it.17691
Catching On by McGraw/Hill, they used to be published by Open Court. Start with the one that is a year below your child's comprehension level. They start on the 1/2 year. So 1 is the second half of 1st grade and the first half of second. They work best if you do the "check" at the bottom of the page. Whenever I used these my students gained a years comprehension growth for each book they finished. Good luck!17692
I've found that kids like games more then anything. Try bored games that ask alot of questions. Try lep frog talking books. Even try adventure video games. I know it sounds like a long shot but try one at a time.17693
Choose books that are of her interest. For example, if she enjoys gymnastics have her find gymnastic books at the library. Also, sometimes a cool educational show at the IMAX can make kids suddenly love to find more info on something.
To comprehend, read with her. Parents don't need to read with their children only at the toddler age. Ask her what she think will happen next, and every so often have her recap what is happening in the story. Just ask "so what's going on so far?"17694
In addition to the excellent advice dhfl143 has already shared with you, I'm wondering if your daughter has always struggled with reading? Are you worried on your own, or are her teachers expressing concern? Has ever been evaluated for learning disabilities by her school? The more we know, the better we can advise you.17695
Welcome! One simple suggestion that I could make is to turn on your closed-captioning on the television. Does you dauther have any particular interests or hobbies? I would suggest getting books that deal with those subjects.
If she is having trouble with comprehension it is important to determine where the breakdown in reading is occuring. Is her comprehension issue related to a decoding issue that requires so much to process individual words that she forgets what she is reading about by the time she gets to the end of a line. Is it just that she doesn't have enough background knowledge to make connective thoughts and associations? Is is that she is not able to pick out the main ideas and critical pieces of information?
In the interim, here are a few expert articles on the subject that may provide some additional insights:
In addition, this site provide an abundance of information on reading:
There are two groups that may be of interest to you here at GS:
This is the "Learning and Attention Difficulties" group at GS. There are many parents who have faced simiar challenges. I would like to invite you join and post additional questions here: http://community.greatschools.net/groups/11554
This is the "Schwabbies" group. Pay particular attention to the Outside Resouces listed in the groups description and to the threads stickied at the top of the postings.
Best Wishes. http://community.greatschools.net/groups/1214317696
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