Create a Team Plan
Bring your observations to your child’s teacher or counselor and discuss what you can do together to help your child learn to read. Ask if the school offers any special services that your child can take advantage of. Then sit down with your child and discuss a motivational plan to help her succeed. If your child has been struggling with reading for a while, and even if she hasn’t, you’ll need to give her plenty of encouragement.
For younger children, try star charts or small grab-bag prizes. For older children, have them work toward a larger prize (e.g., a new outfit, sports equipment, a normally withheld privilege), depending on the number of hours that they spend working with you or with a tutor. Make sure that you focus on the specific reading issue that you discovered.
Get books and magazines that you know that your child will enjoy, even if you feel that they lack any literary merit (e.g., sport magazines, comic books, graphic novels) and encourage your child to read them on her own or with friends. Remember: the more your child reads, the more she will become fluent in reading.