5 Online Resources for Parents of Struggling Readers

October 22, 2013 by Geoff Nixon

Reading is a skill that lasts a lifetime – and determines what students do later in life. While nearly 40% of kids are below their age’s reading ability standard, most of their reading struggles can be prevented.* As the parent, it’s up to you to take action. Whether your child needs dyslexia treatment or simply a skills boost, check out these resources:

Starfall.com

Starfall.com is website that offers free phonics-based resources that help teach children to read. It focuses on imagination and enthusiasm, helping struggling readers learn with their peers. From ABCs to learning to read to making reading fun and developing advanced skills, Starfall.com can support your children where they need it.

AdLit.org

“All about Adolescent Literacy,” AdLit.org is designed just for parents of readers in grades 4 through 12. This site helps older kids build the reading and writing skills they need – all the way up to college readiness.

Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets is designed specifically to teach reading and help struggling readers. It emphasizes the need for parents to seek help for their kids immediately to prevent most reading problems. Here you can learn about your child’s struggle, pinpoint the problem, advocate for your child, and find help.

Scholastic

A major proponent for kids reading, Scholastic offers help for motivating your child to develop literary skills. The key, this article says, is to play an active role as the parent. Find out how to actively read to your child, use effective vocabulary and boost positivity.

ReadWriteThink

ReadWriteThink offers reading resources for kids learning to read and teenagers developing writing skills. Just choose your child’s age and ability level for appropriate after-school materials for your child.

What reading help has impacted you and your child? Share your resources for parents of struggling readers in the comments.

*Reading Rockets, 2013