Eight Ways to Help Your Child’s Reading

February 3, 2011  |  

Here’s the bad news: The New York Times reported that only 12 percent of black boys could read proficiently by fourth grade.  And before you go on a high horse and say, “that’s not my kid, he/she goes to a good school,”  the data reveals that the reading gap spans across socioeconomic strata, married or not, high class or poor.  Apparently, impoverished, hungry white boys are scoring better than egg and toast-fed middle class black ones.

Here’s the good news: some experts say the missing ingredient is parental involvement.  That means YOU can do something about it, that doesn’t have to entail any protest, appearing before Congress, or firing every teacher in sight.

Dr. J. Richard Gentry, author of Raising Confident Readers, says that early parental involvement is the most influential catalyst for proficient reading in children.

Take a read at what you can do today to help your child be a better reader at school tomorrow:

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