Reading strategies for parents of struggling readers

Early learners seek their surroundings to learn and explore. They even look for ways to explore with various educational tools.

Educators captivate their curiosity in many ways: reading, music, and dramatic play. But reading can sometimes be a difficult task to meet.

Some early readers tend to have short attention span or show lack of interest in reading.

Yet, early literacy, in reading strategies, promotes the necessary learning skills for them to be successful in school. Literature enhances early language skills in phonics, vocabulary, social manners, and cultural awareness.

Many picture storybooks and reference materials are adequate tools to boost the reading skills in preschoolers.

Early literacy reading strategies

Educational experts believe bilingual books are great choices of literature for early readers. Bilingual stories not only introduce new cultures but also promote innovate ways of language skills.

To learn about a Latin American culture or a Spanish tradition, it can help to support awareness of other cultures.

reading strategies

But the literacy learning doesn’t stop there. Educators further reinforce the learned language skills with more activities.

Learning activities, organized in theme-type stations, encourages preschoolers to explore other areas of literacy.

Whether it is puzzles, word games, art collages, music singing, or imaginative play, such learning activities helps develop skills in vocalization, pronunciation, and phoneme awareness.

Reading out loud supports the struggling reader to better vocalize and sound out particular syllables. Furthermore, it also helps with sentence construction and grammar. When parents dedicate 20 to 30 minutes of reading out loud with early readers, they show a foundation of learning.

The earlier the exposures to reading, preschoolers are more able to recognize and find key language skills later in life. Educators can foster this adoration for reading with more than books.

Music, art, and dramatic play can also reinforce early literacy.

Reading is the fundamental basis for any early reader.

How are you implementing reading in your home? 

Recommended reading:

Fowler, Susan A., Tweety Yates, and Beverly Lewman. (2007) “Using a Weekly Story to Plan Creative Activities and Promore Early Literacy in Preschool” Gifted Child Today (30): 3 Pgs. 26-33.


Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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