Michelle Breum - Reading Consultant for Parents


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Parents will find books, sites, and ideas to teach children to read. I offer consulting to parents helping their children learn to read. Learn about ways to support an early reader and what works when teaching children to read. I own a business called Parent and Child Reading and write a blog called Beginning Reading Help.

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Michelle Breum - Reading Consultant for Parents

  1. 1. Parent and Child ReadingWhat works with early readers? Make informed choices. Make learning fun and effective. Your time is valuable. Your childs time is valuable.Lets get started . . .
  2. 2. The National Reading Panel published a report in 2000documenting what works when teaching reading. Publications and information for parents and teachers can be found on The National Reading Panels website. The National Reading Panel http://www.nationalreadingpanel.org/
  3. 3. 5 Reading Skills Good Readers CombinePhonological Awareness: A reader knows speech is madeof individual sounds and can hear and say those sounds.Knowledge of Phonics and Word Recognition: Areader uses rules and memory to sound out and read words.Fluent Reading: A reader quickly recognizes words, readslike a person speaks, and focuses on meaning.Reading Comprehension: A reader has a purpose forreading, monitors for understanding while reading, and checksfor understanding after reading.Vocabulary Knowledge: Vocabulary knowledge is builtthrough experiences, conversations, and reading. A reader canlearn new words while reading by using word parts, attending tocontext clues, or using a dictionary.
  4. 4. Im a teacher, reading tutor, turned parentreading consultant. Why? This is the way I can help the MOST children learn to read. Im a parent too. I know all the hats you wear and know the value of your time.
  5. 5. Ive sifted through the research, studies, andresources to bring you what works. Here are my babies. They are all readers. They all learned to read a little differently. It was a joy to help them learn to read. I love helping other parents feel this joy. Thanks for taking this journey with me.
  6. 6. Good News:Most children will learn to read easily if givengood books and a little support.If a child experiences problems learning toread, early help prevents most problems.I can direct you to effective helpby teaching you, giving you resources, orreferring you to a specialist.
  7. 7. Good teaching and combining reading skillsearly is what is needed for early readers. A reader who ignores one or more reading skills can usually read early reader books but will show signs of difficulty in the middle of first grade. It is difficult for a child to change their way of thinking and reading. I experienced this with my daughter. My daughter ignored sounding out words. She had many words memorized, and she guessed at others.
  8. 8. Bad News:The longer a child ignores a reading skill the harder it isfor a child to combine reading skills even after a newskill is learned. The brain has already practiced readingwithout that skill.
  9. 9. Id love to work personally with you.You can save money by purchasing a card.My consulting fee is $40 per hour.($10 per fifteen minute block of time) consultingNot ready to try consulting?Ill share what I can with you in this presentation.Ill cover four of the five reading skills and waysyou can help your child use these skills.
  10. 10. Sounds or Phonological AwarenessMyth:If a child can speak he can make and hear the soundsneeded to read and spell.Truth:Hearing and making separate sounds in words is askill. It comes easily to some but not to others.Phonological awareness can be practiced and taught.Applying phonics rules and sounding out wordsis nearly impossible without the ability to hearand make separate sounds.
  11. 11. There are a number of skills involved in phonological awareness. Chart for Phonological Awareness Skills by Age There are many ways to teach and practice phonological awareness. We can work together to find out which activities would be the most helpful and fun for you and your family. Sometimes less is better. Phonological Awareness Activities and Information Finding a few activities and repeating them is usually the most effective way to improve phonological awareness.
  12. 12. Knowledge of Phonics and Word RecognitionCombining phonics books and early reader books while teachingphonics and a few high frequency words is my recommendedapproach to teaching early readers.Find good books and know how to teach phonics. If you arentinterested in teaching phonics there are a few online reading sitesand programs I like. Reading Horizons has free phonics trainingfor parents.My Parent and Child Reading Assistance website has links tobooks I recommend for early readers and some online readingsites you will find helpful. Books and Sites for Early Readers
  13. 13. Fluent ReadingMyth:Fluent reading is fast reading. Fact: Theres a lot going on in an early readers brain. Early readers need time to process sounds into words.Then group words into meaningful thoughts. Earlyreaders often are slow. They sometimes need to repeat parts of their reading to get back into the flow of understanding what is being read. Fluent reading happens with time and practice reading. One of the best ways to increase fluent reading is to encourage early readers to read books they have read once and enjoy at their reading level multiple times.
  14. 14. Reading ComprehensionThis reading skill is especially important to me. Itsthe skill I personally ignored until I was halfwaythrough college. I would read entire pages of text, andmost of the time I couldnt remember what I read.Then Id reread the same material and someinformation would stick in my brain. Somehowmy brain rewired through practice reading, but it tooktime and effort. Now I love reading and have noproblems remembering what I read. Ive learned to beengaged while reading.
  15. 15. Early readers can be taught to find meaning in what isread or read to them. They need to be activelyinvolved in what is being read. Pictures are created intheir minds, thoughts occur, and emotions are felt. 7 Keys to Comprehension is a book I recommend to parents looking for ways to boost their childrens reading comprehension. 7 Keys to Comprehension
  16. 16. A successful reader combines all reading skills,adjusts speed, and makes changes to thinkingor words read to make sense of what is beingread.Parents are able to support their children one onone and are in a position to teach their children touse their skills and trust their own judgement.
  17. 17. Be patient. Let your child know you are his or her audience. You expect the story you hear to make sense, so you expect your child to fix anything that is confusing.You can explain it like this. . .As you listen to a story theres a movie playing in your head.If something is not read correctly, themovie in your head gets fuzzy or stops.Ask your child to make a movie in his or her head too.Hopefully your child will fix his or her readingor ask for help when something stops making sense.Let your child know if something didnt make sense to you.Give your child time to use and combine reading skills. Wait for your child to ask for help before pointing out a mistake or jumping in to show how to read a word .
  18. 18. What Can Consulting Do For You? You will have a home reading plan, and you will enjoy helping your child learn to read.You will learn about and choose from effective activities like . . . using magnetic letters flashcards with phonics rules shared reading journal writing meaningful spelling practice list writing encouraging repeated reading improving reading comprehension choosing good books phonological awareness activities supporting your childs reading