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3 Things to Do When Life Gets in the Way of Teaching Your Child to Read  [Ep 65] 

How to support your child with reading during unexpected challenges


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As parents, we all strive to provide the best opportunities for our children to learn and grow, especially when it comes to important skills like reading. However, life has a way of throwing unexpected challenges our way, making it difficult to prioritize our children’s learning amidst the chaos. In today’s blog post, we will explore three essential strategies to help you navigate those moments when life gets in the way of teaching your child to read.

In this episode about helping your child with learning to read during unexpected challenges:

Prioritizing Skills for Success

The first step in ensuring your child’s success in learning to read is to identify the key skills you want them to develop. It’s essential to go beyond just reading proficiency and consider a holistic approach to their learning journey. Think about the top 10 skills that you believe are crucial for your child’s future success, including independence, communication, and critical thinking. By prioritizing these skills, you can focus your efforts on what truly matters and tailor your teaching approach accordingly.

Sprinkling Reading into Daily Life

When life gets hectic, finding time for dedicated reading sessions with your child can be challenging. However, incorporating reading into your daily routines in small but consistent ways can make a significant impact. Whether it’s reading signs while out and about, exploring magazines or newspapers together, or reading out loud from electronic devices, these “sprinkles” of reading can keep the momentum going even during busy days. Remember, it’s about quality over quantity, so seize every opportunity to engage your child in reading, no matter how brief.

Choosing the 2 Resources

In times of chaos, simplicity is key. Instead of overwhelming yourself and your child with an abundance of reading resources, focus on selecting just two high-quality resources that align with your child’s learning needs. Whether it’s flashcards for phonics practice or incorporating reading into cooking activities, choosing resources that are effective and manageable can help maintain consistency in your child’s learning journey. By minimizing distractions and honing in on a couple of resources, you can create a structured and supportive environment for your child’s reading development.

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The information contained above is provided for information purposes only. The contents of this episode are not intended to amount to advice and you should not rely on any of the contents of this podcast. Professional advice should be obtained before taking or refraining from taking any action as a result of the contents of this podcast. Sarah Travers disclaims all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this episode.

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