“Without a strong foundation in reading, children are left behind at the beginning of their education. They lag in every class, year after year because more than 85 percent of the curriculum is taught by reading. And by the end of third grade, 74 percent of struggling readers won’t ever catch up. In fact, one of the most important predictors of graduating from high school is reading proficiently by the end of third grade.” – Reading Foundation.Org

But what if your ten-year-old struggles with reading? Are they destined to fall behind? What can you do to help?

We are by no means experts in reading and child development, but we have found some helpful information to pass along. We’ve included links so you can learn more from the real experts. Let’s start by saying that you should take action as soon as you become aware that your child is struggling. Don’t shrug your shoulders and assume they will catch up. Don’t assume the school will take care of it. Be proactive but don’t shame your child. Instead, focus on what they can do well and start from there.

Five Ways to Help a Struggling Reader

  1. Limit Screen Time. Create a reader-friendly home where the family shuts off screens, and everyone spends some time reading.
  2. Provide Books at the Right Level. Your child should be able to recognize ninety percent of the words on the page. 
  3. Target the Problem. Reading Rockets is one place where you can find resources to help you determine what part of reading is difficult for your child.
  4. Ask Your Child to Read Aloud to You.
  5. Ask for Help. Talk to your child’s teachers and explore reading groups and tutors available in your community.