Various factors can cause literacy problems for your child, such as hearing difficulties, lack of exposure to words and language early on in life, and dyslexia, which has to do with the brain wiring a child inherits. The good news is that just about all reading problems can be corrected, especially when identified early on in life. When you, the parent, believe it is possible for your child to learn to read well over time, they, too, will believe in themselves.
Remember that feeling you used to get in school, when you’d stare at a question or a problem for a good five minutes and think, ‘Hmmm. Maybe it’s in a different language?’ When you’re a student, there are few feelings worse than thinking you don’t have a clue. Panic and anxiety set up camp and make it almost impossible to concentrate, let alone plan out a course of action.
If your children are anything like mine, you’ve probably had periods of time when one of them becomes frustrated with a particular subject. I remember when my youngest son was struggling with reading.
The first day of school is full of excitement: new teachers, new supplies and the chance for a fresh start. And then the second day comes, and reality swoops in, along with handouts and homework assignments. While many kids are able to coast through September on back-to-school momentum, others battle anxiety and a lack of confidence from the start.
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