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pictures, so once he begins to get the word he might be able to match it to the picture on the page. If it's a page he really struggled on, we go back over it so the repetition helps him remember. I let him figure out each word until it is totally clear that he needs my help. If I say a word or a sound, I have him repeat it and then read the word again on his own. In addition to just reading, I am helping him with writing and spelling. The other day he wanted to write a card for his parents but needed an example of what he was writing. He told me what he wanted it to say, I had him watch me write it and said what I was writing while I went. Then I helped him copy it down, making sure each word and letter was done correctly. I did not have these when I was a kid, but Leap Frog now makes game devices with educational games on them. I have seen the language and reading games and they seem pretty conducive to learning. Because they are also fun or connected with a popular movie or tv show, the child wants to play them and so it helps them learn even if they don't realize it. Generally being in a house with books and parents who enjoy reading tends to influence the child's opinions. Not only to those children enjoy reading, but they have better IQs than children who grew up in houses without books. Most kids want to be able to read, so it is really the kids that have problems that may begin to dislike it. If you are encouraging and supportive, the child will begin to do better and feel more comfortable. I think that is the most important thing. Making sure the child is comfortable and doesn't feel stupid for not being able to do something. If they feel like they can't do it, they have little motivation to try.
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