Do any of these sound like your child?
- She should be able to read in school by now—but she can’t.
- He has learned to read a little, but has problems.
- She doesn’t understand what sounds the letters make.
- He can’t blend sounds together to form a word.
- She skips little words, or adds in words that make sense, but aren’t on the page.
- He guesses instead of sounding out (decoding) words.
- She stumbles, stops, loses her place, or starts over, again and again.
- He mixes up letters that are similar, such as b, d, p, and q, and/or words such as was and saw.
- It sounds like he reads very well—but he doesn’t understand a word of it.
- Reading at home is a daily battle between you and your kid . . . arguing, struggling, maybe even yelling.
If any of these sound familiar, I know that you’re scared, upset and worried about your child’s future if his reading doesn’t improve—fast! And if this is your situation, I may be able to help your child through online tutoring. I’m a reading teacher who tutors American children using Skype, a video calling service that is free to you.
I’d be happy to talk with you about your child’s situation, and how I could help him or her become a better reader. Tell me what your worries are.