When comparisons begin to happen in primary school regarding reading levels, this can lead to a child feeling inadequate compared to other students in their class.
With any child, whether in primary or high school, I remind them that the true measure of success is whether you are improving, not if you are the best in the class or not.
A very effective technique I have been using for more than 15 years for improving a child’s reading ability and fluency, is also very simple. I recommend trying the following.
After reading one or two sentences, ask them to go back to the beginning and read again. Any word they didn’t know how to read is corrected and then they are immediately asked to go back to the beginning. This sends a message to the brain that the reading of the words is not a preference but a necessity to get right.
Also, the greatest threat to memory, especially with a child learning to read, is time. By going back to the beginning after each sentence or two, the brain recognises the words easier and reading fluency increases.
As they complete reading of the first page, continue the process on the second page. When going back to the first page, only focus on the words they weren’t confident with, to begin with, or didn’t know how to read, rather than reading the whole page again. Before finishing up their 10-15 minutes of reading (I wouldn’t focus on the number of pages read), ask them to do one straight reading of the pages they got through.
When you pick up where you left off the next time they read, I recommend they do a read through of the pages they covered the previous day before repeating the process the following day.
After doing the process, your child will be reading faster and understand why the process works. You can also make a game out of it by timing them on how fast they can read the page. (you can do a timing before the process and after so they get a sense of pride from their achievement).
At InFlow Education, this is how we rapidly improve the reading confidence and fluency in all our students. The ability to read faster, gives us back our greatest resource, time.
Try it and see for yourself what it does for your child.
With many schools and some tutoring businesses offering “Homework Clubs”, I have been asked by many people what the difference is and also how we, at InFlow Education, go about our Maths, English, Science and NAPLAN tutoring.
Homework clubs, as the name suggests, is about getting assistance with homework due at school in the ensuing days. As you are already aware, every student in a class gets the same homework, but not every student gets the same results. This is where tutoring is different.
I can’t speak for other tutoring businesses but for InFlow Education, tutoring means implementing our holistic system, to complement patient and caring tutors, who often take on a mentoring role for students by being awesome role models.
There are amazing high school teachers doing an awesome job, are well-liked by their students and some of our students say that about their teachers. However, prior to attending a free trial lesson with us, they still weren’t getting the results, even with an amazing teacher at school.
Having been a high school teacher, both fulltime and casual, for the past 16 years, I know the teacher you have at school is not the decisive factor in better school results.
This is why I developed the InFlow Education system for success. It involves ensuring a student is motivated, organised with a weekly schedule programmed in their phone, being responsible and committing to a weekly study habit. To take students’ results to another level, we also teach a study smarter technique and exam techniques, which are explained in detail in my book, Teenage Zen – a simple path to academic success and inner peace.
When a student ticks off each box on our system to success, they improve every time. I’m not just talking about improvement in results. There are noticeable improvements in self-confidence, resilience, social skills and optimism for their future. Whilst these aren’t given a grade in school reports, all are critical to life-long success.
If all your child is looking for is a bit of help with homework rather than wanting to improve results, then a homework club or home tutor is your best option.
If you want your child to learn a system for predictable results and want possible coaching and programs to help your child love who they are, do a job they love and live an inspired life, take the first step by contacting us for a free, no obligation 15-20-minute meeting with me.
Within the short meeting, you will know exactly where your child is in relation to our system to success and if a homework club or tutoring or workshops or life coaching with me is the best next step. Even if that means it is not with InFlow Education, I want to help as many young people on the path to loving who they are and finding a career they can love.