Reading aloud and helping youngsters learn

Students who cannot read aloud smoothly are less likely to participate in class, may become reserved and suffer self esteem issues. It’s important to identify students that have difficulty reading aloud so you can help them overcome it.

Often,  what is holding students who cannot read aloud back is that they are aware that they are not good readers and are embarrassed about it. Thus, when that child is called on to read out loud it is especially difficult for that child because he/she will be nervous about how other classmates are perceiving the child. Kids can be cruel to each other and they may tease a child who is not a good reader. Teachers should always be conscious of this aspect since it may impede development of the child’s reading ability even more.

If students have difficulty reading aloud, they will need some one-on-one work and it’s important to get the parents involved. Most children just need practice reading aloud. If they are not used to reading aloud, the pressure of having to read in front of their peers can make them self conscious. Call the parents and tell them their child is having difficulty reading out loud. Suggest they work with their child and have their child read out loud to them every night for at least ten minutes.

The parent can encourage the child and help him/her learn to sound out words. Most of the time, this will greatly improve the child’s reading ability. As children become more confident in their reading skills, they will have less difficulty reading aloud. It will not happen overnight, but with some time and effort most kids improve their reading skills and are able to read out loud better and with more confidence. They may just need to gain that confidence so that they can do it effortlessly. Having children working on reading out loud at home provides a safe environment for them to sound out words and work on their reading skills without the worry that their friends and classmates are going to hear all their mistakes and make fun of them.

There are students with learning disabilities and this could be the cause for them having difficulty reading aloud. Many learning disabilities are not diagnosed early, especially a child has been able to hide the fact that he struggles with reading. If the child does not improve or has great difficulty reading, professional help and testing may be needed in order to determine what the learning disability is and to figure out ways to overcome it. Learning disabilities can be managed and many people with learning disabilities flourish. They just have to find methods that work for them.