Thursday, September 17, 2009

Reading Advice for the Parents of Elementary School Kids

Are you a parent of an elementary school child looking for reading advice? Is your child reading below grade level and does reading practice leaves you both frustrated and you searching for answers?

Your child is not alone. Did you know that:

  • 44 percent of American 4th grade students cannot read fluently, even when they read grade-level stories aloud under supportive testing conditions. (ref. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Pinnell et al., 1995)

  • 50 percent of American adults are unable to read an eighth grade level book (ref. Illiterate America, Jonathan Kozol)

  • According to the Journal of American Medical Association, 46% of American adults cannot understand the label on their prescription medicine.

  • In a class of 20 students, few if any teachers can find even 5 minutes of time in a day to devote to reading with each student. (ref. The National Center for Education Statistics, NCES Fast Facts, Family Reading)

If the teachers can’t devote the time to read with your child, it is imperative that YOU take charge! Here are tips for reading activities that you can do and reading resources that are available to you. With your knowledge of these and willingness to participate in the process, you child will read beyond grade level (and love reading) in no time.
Click here to read on.

Kristi is a Freelance Writer specializing in online marketing communications. She writes press releases, web articles, media kits, brochures, web content and more. Please visit for more information.


Anonymous said...

Hi! Found you on TwitterMoms! I've never had a problem with my kids reading below grade level - it's always been GETTING them to read at all. It's like pulling teeth.

I'm a writer myself and this kills me. And it's not like I'm setting the example - there are books everywhere in my house - I read two or three at a time.

I encourage reading anything. Great article and advice. Thanks. :)

Kristi Maloney said...

Thanks Debora! I have books all over the place too! My oldest son (second grade) does struggle with reading. This will be his second year receiving Title One services. Thank goodness for that program!

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