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Hi: I get a lot of requests from parents to help their school-age children with their reading. It is important for parents to know that many public school classrooms today are over-crowded with sometimes 35 to 40 students per class. It is extremely difficult for teachers to give individual attention to any one student. That said, you can help your child to be a better reader at home without a lot of expense.  First, get a library card from your local library. Have the librarian show you where the 'Early Reader' books are kept. They are usually grouped together in the children's section. Next, the librarian can show you 'Leveled Readers' which are books, usually marked with a number, that are written for different levels. Example: Level 1 (first grade), Level 2 (second grade), Level 3 (third grade) and so on. Focus first on getting your child books that match their grade. Pick out about three books and it's ok to let your child pick.  Next, (here's the important part,)... read more

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