Phonics For Reading For Struggling Readers

Parents, if you child is struggling to read, I can’t recommend enough Anita Archer’s program Phonics for Reading.

I have seen some of the toughest struggling readers embrace this book. I have heard a lot of parents debate correcting their children when reading and so I wanted to explain when it is appropriate to correct their child when they are reading.

Direct Explicit Instruction

This is what direct explicit instruction looks like. Students are pre-taught sounds to mastery. Then they say the vowel sounds before they read the words, then practice those words in short sentences. This is the kind of place you would want to correct a student if they make a mistake.

Building Text Fluency

The second page in the lesson has several paragraphs. Students read the first paragraph silently, then you read it together. If they stumble on a word, I would correct them and possibly read the sentence or the whole paragraph together. This is how you build fluency, reading words, quickly and accurately with expression.

The last two pages ask questions about the reading. I would have students cite text evidence when answering the questions by underlining the sentences where they found the answers.

Time commitment

I would recommend spending about a week to complete each of these lessons with struggling readers working about 20 minutes a day. There are fluency/spelling assessments that go after every 5 lessons or so to gage your students mastery. The fluency assessment can be easily administered by having your child read for a minute. Students should score a 90% to be considered mastery, before moving on. But if this program is administered correctly they should be scoring in that range.

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A example of an authentic learning song to sing with your child!

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