*The Struggling Reader has been a sponsor of my blog for over a year. Sadly, this partnership is coming to an end. This is the final review of The Struggling Reader products as part of that agreement. I received the products free of charge, but all opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
The Struggling Reader – Fluency and Comprehension
The Struggling Reader’s Fluency and Comprehension products are much like their other products. Both come with a test that is easy to give and is explained well in the spiral-bound book as well as on CD, if needed. They are also easy to score so that you can see where your child’s strong and weak areas are.
Both products also use multisensory activities to help struggling readers improve in the weak areas. If your struggling reader is like mine, there will be huge relief that there are no worksheets involved.
Some of my favorite fluency activities are Closed Caption TV (with proper pre-screening and some thought to what teachable moments can be capitalized on) and Tape Check Chart (which involves recording a section of reading and then listening to the recording and marking mistakes). There are also many other activities that will allow the struggling reader to practice fluency alone and with friends and family members.
I also especially like the Comprehension activity Story Impressions because it uses key words from the story the child is about to read and asks them to try to guess what the story will be about. Their reading then has a new purpose—to find out how close their predictions were to the actual story. The Think Aloud is another activity I find valuable. This allows the parent or teacher to model the thinking processes used while reading by speaking them aloud so the student can hear your brain at work. Hopefully, with continued modeling and practice, the struggling reader will begin to use some of the same thinking processes in his own reading.
If you’re looking for products that can help your struggling reader develop reading skills using hands-on, multisensory activities, The Struggling Reader might be just what you need. You can find out more on their website.
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