Reading to Learn

Reading to Learn

Post Date: Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011

Third grade is an important time in young readers’ lives. It’s at this point that students transition from learning to read to reading to learn.

When this occurs, students can begin extracting new information from literature without assistance from teachers or parents. If students aren’t able to make this transition, they may be left behind.

From the first flash card, children spend much of their initial school years focusing on the building blocks of literacy - phonics. Whether learning consonant letters and sounds, long vowels, or basic sight words, a child’s first experience with reading can be exciting for parents and children.

In addition to simple phonics, between kindergarten and 2nd grade, students should be able to recognize common abbreviations, read grade-level text aloud fluently and accurately with appropriate intonation and expression, and know the meaning of simple prefixes and suffixes.

This foundation is critical for building a richer vocabulary and developing reading fluency. A skilled reader can process entire sentences in the time it takes a young reader to sound out one word.

As children move beyond the basics, they continue honing their reading fundamentals. Once they become proficient readers, they’re able to move through text quickly and effortlessly. This transition into reading proficiency generally occurs in the third grade.

Between third grade and fifth, students should be able to understand and explain the figurative and metaphorical use of words in text, analyze text that is organized in sequential or chronological order, identify main conflicts in plot, and understand the concept of theme.

A skill that many take for granted, not all students are able to conquer reading skills and make the transition to reading comprehension. If children never move past the basics, gathering information from text can be slow and difficult, if not impossible.

Teaching & Tutoring's Reading program is specifically designed for students who are experiencing comprehension and vocabulary difficulties. Appropriate for children of all ages, Rx Reading focuses on decoding, vocabulary, comprehension, reading rate, and recall.

If you feel your child is having difficulty in reading comprehension, call Teaching & Tutoring.  Individualized reading programs focus on the exact areas that your child is struggling in and brings their skills to grade level or above as quickly as possible. With Teaching & Tutoring, every child can be confident in reading to learn.