Step 1 to Improve Reading Skills: Understand the components of reading
Reading isn’t ‘rocket science’ but it is a bit more complicated than you might think. First we have to have the sound-symbol relationship (understand that symbols – letters stand for the sounds we say and hear). Then we need the ability to put those sounds together to make words (phonics). The third step is to be able to combine sounds together quickly to gain meaning from the combined sounds – words. This is the fluency step. The fourth step is to be able to sound out more complicated words and understand what they mean – vocabulary. And the final step is to pull all the words together from a sentence or passage and gain meaning from it.
That being said, those steps can be easily stated as the 5 components of reading skills:
- Phonemic awareness
- Text comprehension
Step 2 to Improve Reading Skills: Understand how we learn
Everyone takes in information through seeing, hearing, and doing, even if they have dyslexia, ADHD, autistic spectrum, or auditory processing problems. When your kids struggle with learning, it is due to one or more areas of auditory, visual, or tactile/kinesthetic processing not working as well as they should, could, and can.
The National Center for Learning Disabilities states that the two most common areas of difficulty involved with a learning disability are visual and auditory perception. That being said, both of these areas of perception, as well as kinesthetic, are learned skills, and they can be improved with specific activities.
Visual Learners and Auditory Learners
So, if your kids struggle with reading, or they don’t like to read, or they take too long to do their homework, chances are they have one or more of the 9 areas of vision perception, 9 areas of auditory perception, or 9 areas of tactile/kinesthetic perception that just doesn’t work as well as it could, should, and CAN. The good news is these areas can improve. I’ve seen it happen over and over! When doing specific activities these areas of perception do improve!
When you are a visual learner, you may have areas of auditory or tactile/kinesthetic perception that don't work as well as they should. If you are an auditory learner, you may have areas of visual or tactile/kinesthetic perception that don't work as well as they should. Even when you are a visual learner, some of the visual areas may not be working as well as they should and the same goes for auditory learners. They too can have some auditory areas that aren't as strong as other auditory areas. Again, the good news is, all of these areas can improve.
Step 3 to Improve Reading Skills: Combine how we learn with the 5 components of reading
Choose a reading program that incorporates the 5 elements of reading that incorporates teaching methods that are multi-sensory (visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic). Remember, up to 87% of students do NOT learn from hearing alone. By making learning auditory, visual & kinesthetic you’ll increase learning performance, decrease behavior problems, and reduce your own frustration that comes from having to repeat the same topic over and over again.
Three ways of improving reading skills
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