How to Transform Your Child’s Reading

BY ARI FERTEL

As I write this, I’m sitting in a log cabin in West Virginia, where my husband and I got away for a few days. Earlier in the day when my husband was in the shower, I wanted to surprise him by starting a fire. I put a log in the fireplace and threw in a match. Nothing happened.

I couldn’t understand why the log wouldn’t catch. I wasn’t giving up. I never went camping before, but come on…I can start a fire. I lit another match and held it to the top, bottom, and corners of the log, but still no crackling. I used every match and then decided the problem was the log. So I threw in a different log and this time tried a gas lighter that I held against the log for while—still no fire.

I couldn’t understand it. There are fires burning down entire forests in California and I can’t get this log to catch.

When my husband got out of the shower he looked at me and said, “What are you doing?”

“I was trying to make us a fire,” I answered, trying to conceal my stress.

My husband took one look at the log in the fireplace and said, “Honey, you have to start with small sticks and then add the log.”

The same is true when you’re trying to ignite the world of reading for a child. There is a process that has to be respected. There’s no quick fix. No child ever learned to read more fluently or comprehend more accurately by taking medication or getting tutored 1/week. It’s a daily process (or at least 5 times/week).

To transform your child’s reading requires constant stoking. It’s not going to happen this week. You can start the process this week, but it’s going to take a few months, at least, of constant attention, to make significant progress. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

So what kind of attention? What’s the protocol?

It’s simple.

It’s not easy. But it’s simple.

There are 3 steps to improved fluency and comprehension:

  1. Read
  2. Read
  3. Read

That was not a typo. Becoming a more fluent reader and comprehending more accurately is not rocket science. There’s no magic to it. There’s no secret formula or special pill. There’s no “best” system or elite program. There are no miracle tutors. Your child…just…has…to read.

So you see it’s simple.

But, as I said, it’s not easy.

Why not?

Because, although your child has to read, it has to be the right kind of reading and for the right amount of time.

Let me give you the details you need here.

Not all reading is productive. For example, a common mistake made by parents (and tutors) is assigning silent reading to the child. Silent reading will probably not help a reader improve, particularly a struggling reader (see National Reading Panel 2000).

One reason silent reading doesn’t help (and may hurt) is because there’s no accountability. With silent reading, there’s no one to help, no one to teach, no one to correct.

Let me put it this way: practice does not make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

If your child is practicing the wrong thing, they’ll just get better at doing it wrong, in other words, they’ll become more set in their erred ways.

This is the problem with the electronic kid readers and all the online and software reading programs; there’s no real-time feedback mechanism.

If you really want your child to dramatically improve their reading, don’t just give them a book or parts from a reading program and tell them to go practice. Don’t put them in a situation where they’ll be practicing the problem and won’t be aware of their opportunities for growth.

It’s not just that your child needs to read; the reading has to be supervised AND it needs to include real-time corrective feedback. Your child needs to be reading aloud and someone has to intervene when necessary.  

But even that’s not enough. In addition to supervised reading every day, it’s crucial for your child to hear fluent reading every day.

Think about it: did you teach your child how to talk? You may have explained some vocabulary here and there, corrected an occasional grammar mistake, but essentially your child learned to talk by listening to other people talk.

It works similarly with reading. To become a more fluent reader, they have to listen to fluent reading.

How much? How much supervised reading and listening to fluent reading does a child need to transform their reading and comprehension?

The answer is: about 30 minutes/day at least 5 times/week.

Now I know what you’re asking…

“Who is going to read with my child for 30 minutes/day 5 times a week? I don’t have the time. I don’t have the patience. Their school can’t give that kind of 1-on-1 attention. I guess I could hire a tutor. But 5 times a week? I can’t afford that.”

Now you know why I invented Reading Buddy Software.

Reading Buddy Software is speech-recognition software that has “ears” and a “brain.”

Reading Buddy’s patented Fluency Scoring Radar™ listens to your child read, detects errors, and gives your child on-the-spot help. It’s like having a tutor in your computer ☺. Want to see how Reading Buddy Software works? Go here.

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