Our last two blog posts have helped you calculate how accurately and how fast your child is reading. (If you missed those issues, click on the links below to read more.)
Today, we’re going to begin looking at how much time your child spends reading outside of school. We know that the more children read, the better readers they are; the stronger their reading skills, the more easily they will be able to handle the increasing demands of school work. How much a child reads every day is related to the child’s vocabulary growth, as well as to the growth of thinking skills.
What you want to see is that your child’s time spent in discretionary reading is growing. Steady growth indicates that your child’s reading skills and vocabulary are expanding to help the child handle school work—and to help build lifelong enjoyment of reading.
If your child is not reading outside of school, or his or her reading minutes per day stay the same or decrease, your child may be struggling to read and comprehend or may be turned off to reading for some other reason. If that’s the case, a professional assessment can get your child back on track. To find a Lexercise clinician in your area, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-919-747-4557.
A Lexercise Clinical Educator and a former marketing executive, Morgan joined Teach For America in 2007 with the desire to help struggling readers — a personal passion: "I struggled with reading as a child and without dedicated teachers and tutors, I never would have become the avid reader I am today. I understand, firsthand, how important extra time and support is when learning to read," she says. In 2008, after researching the track record of the Orton-Gillingham approach, Morgan convinced her principal to train teachers in the method. She has been using it ever since — including at Lexercise, which is based on the Orton-Gillingham approach — and is a firm believer in its effectiveness.