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How to Get Your Child to Like Almost Anything

C. Rosenberg

Want to make sure your child doesn’t abhor math homework? Tired of continually cleaning up after your kids? Here’s how you can help your children actually enjoy these important life skills.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Reading When a child doesn’t like to read, it’s usually because it’s difficult for him. In the initial learning process, children focus on deciphering or decoding words and not on comprehending what they’re reading. It is only once the primary foundation is in place and a child’s reading is fluent that he begins enjoying reading. Fifteen to thirty percent of students entering high school aren’t fluent readers, so of course they don’t like to read; the difficulties of reading by far overshadow the enjoyable part. So, how to achieve that fluency? Having a child read out loud is key. Silent reading doesn’t allow for feedback; the child may skip difficult words or repeat the same mistake over and over without ever realizing it. Reading out loud to a child while he follows along in the text is also good practice. This assures that the words are being read correctly and that the child understands the context. Once that primary fluency is in place, children can go from level to level on their own, with silent reading. The brain no longer has to focus exclusively on decoding words and can comprehend what the eye is reading.

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