By Dr. Ruth Jacoby, Educational Consultant
My first-grader is struggling with reading. She did not score very well on her beginning of the year assessment and it seems that has discouraged her from wanting to try to read. I think this is also making her dislike school. We are reading with her every night and she is more than happy to listen but gives me a hard time when I ask her to read. She is normally a very happy child, an overachiever and a perfectionist. Do you have any suggestions to help her enjoy reading? I know that once she gets it she will like it!
Your child may be feeling pressured and may have become frustrated. She may even be shutting down her learning mode in fear of failure. Try making reading a fun time and if she doesn't want to read one night, don't force the issue. Some activities you may wish to try are:
Advice from our experts is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a health-care provider or learning expert familiar with your unique situation. We recommend consulting a qualified professional if you have concerns about your child's condition.
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