Many kids find learning to read difficult. They struggle in primary and intermediate grades. A lot of them continue to struggle in middle school. If your kid is reading below grade level, there is no way he or she will be able to read textbooks that are written for their grade level.
Often kids choose NOT to read. It’s easy to blame the text books and say that they are too difficult or dull (and often they are). As parents, we must also try to help them READ. At the same time, teachers feel like students should have acquired enough reading skills to be able to read at a grade level. A lot of them don’t have enough knowledge to teach reading strategies, so it becomes a power struggle.
But what about the teachers? Teachers of the six grade and up feel like students should have acquired enough reading skills to be able to read at their grade level. Also, a lot of them don’t have enough knowledge to teach reading strategies, so it becomes a power struggle.
Studies have shown that there is no point in changing the teacher or switching up the curriculum. If kids solely rely on classroom instructions and other oral presentations (Like YouTube) they develop an enormous sense anxiety. What if they don’t know enough about the topic and unable to connect the lectures together. How are they going to learn new information?
As a result, their self-esteem plummets. The more times kids experience failure with reading the more they feel discouraged.
Sometimes they develop defense mechanisms like avoiding homework and choose to be sent home for disruptive behavior in class.
The only solution to this problem is to develop effective reading skills.