Struggling To Read In Second Grade
It can be especially difficult when a child is struggling to read in second grade. The fact of the matter is that the vast majority of children are going to learn to read some time during their first grade year. If a child is struggling to read in second grade, he is already at a huge disadvantage to the rest of the class in terms of learning.
Reading is a fundamental component of the second grade year. By the time that a child reaches the second grade, she is expected to be able to read at least in a remedial fashion. While she certainly won’t be able to read everything, and may not be able to read very many words at the start of second grade, very quickly she will need to be able to read in order to do everything from following instructions to doing her homework. When a child is struggling to read in second grade, it impairs her ability to perform not only in the subject of reading, but in other subjects as well.
There are a variety of things that you can do to help the child who is struggling to read in second grade. As a parent, perhaps the most important thing that you can do is to read with your child. Allow your child to read an age appropriate book to you. Don’t criticize him when he struggles to read a word, but instead give him encouragement when he does a good job, and give him help when he is struggling. Even just reading out loud to your child who is struggling to read in second grade can help him out.
There may be certain resources that you can find to help your child who is struggling to read in second grade. In some schools or in some school districts, there may be a literacy specialist who is able to work directly with your struggling second grader, in either a one-on-one basis, or perhaps in a group setting. You may also be able to find out about other sorts of resources by talking to your child’s teacher. Talking with your child’s second grade teacher about the fact that she is struggling to read will also help your child, by making the teacher aware of the problem, and by working on ways that both you and your child’s second grade teacher can help your struggling reader.