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Reading is the foundation of many areas of learning, and a child who isn’t reading well by 3rd grade is at risk of falling increasingly behind in school.

So what can we do to be sure our children build the literacy skills for success in school and life?


The path to reading success starts long before a child walks through the school door. From the earliest conversations we have with our toddler to singing songs or playing rhyming games in the car, we are preparing our child for the reading and writing that will be so important to later school success. But what are the most important reading skills for us to emphasize? What are signs that our child might not be developmentally on track? And when and how should we correct our child’s writing and spelling errors? Reading expert Dr. Lori Helman from the U of M’s Minnesota Center for Reading Research has answers to these questions and more in this week’s Mom Enough™ show.


What are the creative, fun ways you have found to build your child’s literacy skills? If your child is in preschool or elementary school, what do you know about the way reading and writing are taught and how your child is progressing? Please share your thoughts in our REPLY space!


For Minnesota Center for Reading Research tips on how to help your child read more at home and develop a love of reading, click here.

For Minnesota Center for Reading Research’s 10 tips for supporting your child in reading and writing, click here.

For our show on children’s hearing with audiologist Linda Murrans, click here.

For Minnesota Parents Know, click here.

For Help Me Grow, click here.

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  1. Jenna on September 26, 2011

    I am the mom of a struggling reader. He’s now in seventh grade and doing well but it was a struggle for a while.

    I did things such as – NOT make him sit still while reading, finding books with lots of actions and sound effects such as graphic novels and being careful not to make reading a punishment. These and about seven other ideas can be found in a blog post I did about my techniques – here – http://www.jennascribbles.com/struggling-readers/encouraging-young-struggling-readers-a-mom%e2%80%99s-perspective/

    I’m a mom and not a reading specialist or trained professional, but here we are five years later my son is doing really well. He got nearly all A’s and B’s last year. Whoa.