Most Amazing Weekend Ever!!!

Most Amazing Weekend Ever!!!

As an online reading tutor I often don’t get to meet the students that I work with.  However, this past weekend I had the opportunity to meet with an astounding student I have been helping since June of 2014.  She lives about 2 hours away from San Jose, California.  This past weekend I happened to be traveling to San Jose for a business function and they were visiting San Jose for a Christmas party.  We decided to meet up at the hotel I was staying at since I didn’t have a car and my conference started at 9:00.  We met for breakfast at 8:00 and honestly we could have gone on talking for hours.

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Joanne Kaminski and Piper in San Jose, California

People used to ask me if tutoring online was not personal enough for kids.  I used to laugh inside my head at that question because it is absolutely personal.  Just because I can’t touch you physically doesn’t mean that I can’t touch your heart.  As you can see from this lovely picture of the two of us, it looks like we have known each other forever.  I love this girl and the progress she has made and it gave me the opportunity to connect on a deeper level with the entire family.

The entire day I was at my conference I was ecstatic because I was able to connect with this amazing child.  All of my students have something special to offer the world and Piper has a shining personality and a never give up attitude that is going to take her very far in life.  She has improved so much in her reading that she no longer needs to go to a reading specialist at her school for additional interventions.  We are continuing to close her non-fiction reading gap, but that will easily come with a little bit more time.

I love that I am able to travel the world, tutor online, and make a difference in kids lives.  After talking with this wonderful family over breakfast, we really got to know each other on a deeper level.  They expressed their gratitude for the work that I have been doing and they shared a special story with me about how Piper does her tutoring.

Piper has her tutoring session at 6:30 am in the morning before school because she is so active after school.  This is perfect for me because of the 2 hour time difference.  I am able to drop off my kids at school a little early and make it home in time to tutor Piper.  Piper sets her alarm on her side to wake up at 6:00 so that she can tutor with me.  Piper’s mom doesn’t have to ever remind her and she is always at her sessions on time.  Her mom let me know that this is because she is so excited to work with me.  These kind of stories are so touching to me.  They let me know that I am making a difference in another’s life and that what I do is valued.  I love that Piper’s mom allows Piper to be self-sufficient and gives her the responsibility to do what she needs to do.  This is a mom that really cares about giving her child what she needs and allowing her to be responsible for her own education.

Who knew?  Tutoring online can be fun, personable, and rewarding.  Well, I guess I knew all along since I started this business.  Just not all people believed it could be possible when I first started out.  I am so grateful that I didn’t listen to the nay sayers and I followed my dream of teaching struggling readers to become better readers via online tutoring.

What are your thoughts about online tutoring?

 

 

How Do you Know what to Teach Kids that are Struggling with Reading?

I get asked this question all of the time.  Well, even though each child’s reading difficulties may come in many different forms and in different areas, I am able to look at how they succeed with the 5 pillars of reading.  If there is an area that they are specifically struggling with, then I provide instruction in that specific area.  I love being able to help all kids who struggle with reading and make it easier for them.  Most kids who I have worked with has had a strong desire to get better.  This makes instructing them extremely easy.

 

Here are more details about each of these pillars.  Does your child struggle in any of these?

 

 

The 5 Pillars of Reading Instruction

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Dyslexic Tutoring Student from Canada Makes a Three Year Gain in Less than One Year

When I started tutoring online, I honestly had no idea that I would be able to make as much of an impact as I do.  I have to say that each day I wake I up I feel complete bliss knowing that I am able to service kids struggling with reading everyday all over the world.  I even am able to offer dyslexia tutoring for kids struggling with processing sounds.

One particular student that stands out this month is a child that has dyslexia from Canada.  When I first met this boy’s dad he had informed me that his son specifically had struggled since Kindergarten and that his progress was slow and delayed.  He was diagnosed with ADHD in grade 2 and has been on medicine ever since.  He has had evaluations both at school and privately and was diagnosed with broad based learning disabilities.  They were using Barton Reading and Spelling with him at school and his parents did activities with him at home.  They had hired several local tutors and had limited success.

His dad mentioned that when his son reads he guesses a lot and that his decoding ability is very weak.  Since reading was so hard for his son, it was difficult to get him to read at home.

When I first assessed him, his reading level was actually at a kindergarten reading level and he was in sixth grade.  My heart went out to this family that they had honestly tried everything that they knew to try and struggled with finding anything that would result in success for their son.

After working with this young man for 10 months an hour an 1/2 a week he is now at a  third grade reading level.  He does still struggle with decoding and seems to do really well with memorizing words.  He is able to read more words immediately, but gets frustrated when asked to decode.  To listen to this young man read today compared to what he was reading like 10 months ago is amazing.  There are times when I think, wow, how in the world did he get that word.  He reads for meaning, he understands what he reads, but it still isn’t his favorite activity.

About 2 months ago when I was doing an assessment I noticed that he was reading very choppy.  I really wanted to improve on his prosody and i decided to do a reading fluency intervention.  So we began reading song lyrics and then using youtube with the lyrics to speed up his reading.  It worked, just like it has with all of the other students that I have used this method with.  It also increased his engagement.  He began getting more excited about our time together and made remarkable growth in the last 2 months.

I am so blessed to be able to make a difference in kids lives whose parents have tried everything.  I get to be a solution to a very big problem that they are struggling with, which is helping their struggling reader increase his/her reading level.  This really is an exciting vocation.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can become an online tutor then you can go to www.tutorpreneurs.com/free-videos.  If you are interested in finding out more about getting tutoring services from me you can go to www.theskypingreadingtutor.com.  I still have a few slots open for this summer, but they are filling up fast.  If your child is struggling with reading, don’t wait to get help.  The longer that you wait the tougher the struggle becomes.  This could be the year that you start your child ahead of the curve instead of behind.

 

What Really Motivates Boys to Read?

What Really Motivates Boys to Read?

Dan Gutman knows how to make me laugh.  He also knows how to make my 9 year student that happens to be a boy laugh as well.  Dan Gutman starts with a great title and from there it just keeps getting better.  One of my favorite series includes My Weird School Daze.  The book my student and I are reading is called Miss Mary is Scary.  On the cover of the book is a scared little boy and an upside down teacher hanging like a bat.  If you think that kids don’t judge a book by it’s cover then you are very wrong.  The cover needs to be just as engaging for boys as the title.  Otherwise, they may decide they don’t want to read it.

 

I was reading an article in the Reading Teacher today that inspired me to write about today’s topic.  The article title is “Effective Approaches to Motivate and Engage Reluctant Boys in Literacy.”  Since I work with a ton of these boys, I wanted to see if there was something that stuck out as new information.  I didn’t find new information, but it seemed to put a whole bunch of ideas together to make the topic complete.  The article touched on choice, men as readers, non-fiction books, purpose, and technology.

 

Choice

 

I am a huge advocate of choice when it comes to boys and reading.  One of my students that I work with just finished a book and it was time to choose a new one.  So, I took his interests into consideration and pulled a bunch of books that I thought he might enjoy.  He picked his book based on if it included pictures and how long it was.  That was what motivated him the most.  Guess what?  He is loving the book that he chose and wants to read more from the series.

 

All in all it doesn’t matter what a child’s motivation to read is if it motivates him/her to read.  If you can hook a reader on a series then you can hook a reader for life.  So far this student is hooked on the My Weird School Daze series and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

 

Men as Readers

 

The article suggested that boys need to see men as readers.  This can be done in one of two ways.  Boys can either witness their fathers or other men reading or read books that are written by men.  In order for boys to see reading as a task that boys do, they need to have role models.  One place that you can go to see boys reading is http://www.storylineonline.net/.  This is a website where actors actually read engaging books.

 

Non-fiction books

 

Boys are naturally curious beings.  Their favorite question when they are young is why.  They want to know how everything works and they love taking things apart to figure that out.  But, what we have recently found out, is that boys love to read about how things work as well.  It is really important to surround our boys in non-fiction books and talk about information in those books with them.

 

Purpose

 

The article talked about how boys really like to have an authentic purpose tied into their literacy.  This past summer I had a boy that had gotten a hermit crab as a gift.  This little boy wanted to know everything that there was to know about hermit crabs.  When his hermit crab started becoming slow and isolating himself, the little boy wanted to know if his hermit crab was sick or if it was molting.  We read about the molting process and learned that he was probably fine.

 

This little boy was super engaged to write his own book on how to take care of hermit crabs.  Although he hated the idea of having to go back and edit his work, he enjoyed learning all there was to know about hermit crabs, taking notes, and writing his own book.  He was so motivated that he wanted to get his book published and sell it on Amazon.

 

Technology

 

Technology engages boys.  This was one idea shared in the article.  This is no surprise since technology is everywhere.  This is one of the reasons that skyping and reading tutoring mix so well.  It is giving instruction to boys in their language.  It is more engaging.  Not all boys prefer this method, but the boys that I have worked with so far love it compared to other methods.

 

Conclusion

 

From this article we can see that boys enjoy choices.  They tend to like shorter passages than longer ones and would rather read non-fiction vs. fiction.  Boys want to read with a clear purpose in mind and if you can incorporate technology then you may have a winner.  Don’t forget that boys need to see other men reading, so involve dad in the process in any way that you can.

How Online Reading Tutoring is Magical like Walt Disney World

How Online Reading Tutoring is Magical like Walt Disney World

Last week my family and I spent the entire week at Disney World. We spend 6 days in 4 different parks and had a magical time. So naturally, my mind is still on Disney as I sit here and reflect about my business as an online reading tutor and how it is like the magic that happens at Disney. I have found that Disney and my online reading tutoring business make everything convenient, provide friendly service, add excitement with the use of techonology, and both are just plain fun. Let’s take a look at each of these areas and see why I feel that way.

Convenient

Everything at Disney was just plain convenient. They provide transportation for you everywhere. You take the monorail in, they have buses, trams, boats, strollers, and motorized wheel chairs. These make moving around the parks very convenient. They also have the fast pass. The fast pass at Disney is unlike other fast passes at other parks. Everybody has the ability to use them so that you don’t have to wait in long lines. You just go to the ride, decide if you want to wait or get a fast pass. If you get the fast pass, then you can do whatever you want and come back at the front of the line. We did this with Soaring in Epcot and skipped a 45 minute wait.

So you may be thinking, great Disney is convenient, but how in the world is online reading tutoring convenient. Well, for one, you don’t need any transportation to get to your online reading tutoring session. You turn on your computer and begin your session. You don’t even have to sit and wait by your computer. You can turn on Skype do something else and the Skyping Reading Tutor calls you when it is your turn at your designated and agreed upon time.

Getting tutoring from the Skyping Reading Tutor is very similar to the Fast Pass. When you go to other facilities, of which we will not name here, it can take at least 36 hours of tutoring to move your child up a full year. This is very costly in the end. For the same price as these other options your child can make a full years growth with just 8-12 hours of instruction. Even if, he/she has dyslexia. Now that is the Fast Pass.

Friendly Service

At Disney, everyone treats you like you are one of their family members. They treat you with respect, spoil you, and smile. As the Skyping Reading Tutor I put these same principles in place. Sometimes you have had a long day, you need to make dinner, and get your kid settled at the computer. No matter what kind of day I have had I know that it feels warm and welcoming when you are treated with respect on the other side of the computer and have a tutor that is eager to help your child with reading. The happier your child is to come to his/her reading tutoring session the better. So I always try to make it fun and make your child smile during the session.

Fun

What could be more fun than Disney? I am not really sure. What I was amazed at during this trip was that the imagineers even made waiting in line fun. They had interactive games that you could play and games where you had to work as a team with the other people in line. Even though I was exhausted. I found myself jumping up and down, leaning left and right, and waving my arms to help my team win while waiting in line at Soaring in Epcot. (There were no more fast passes available the first day we were there, so we decided to wait in that line). Waiting in line had never been so much fun. Even though I didn’t want to wait in line, while I was there I was engaged and having a great time.

I like to think that is what it is like to recieve online reading tutoring. No kid wants to have to have tutoring, but while they are there I want to make sure that they have as much fun as possible. The Skyping Reading Tutor gives kids choices of what they get to read while they are working together and utilizes top notch technology just as Disney does. What could be more fun than choices, cool technology, and the ability to speed through reading levels like a video game? Probably Disney, but I like to think that the Skyping Reading Tutor comes next.

There you have it. Both Disney and the Skyping Reading Tutor are convenient, provide friendly service, and are fun. If you don’t believe me, then what others have to say from their own experience. You can find testimonials at the bottom of my about page.

P.S. on a personal note, our favorite place was Epcot. What is your favorite Disney park?

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How the Skyping Reading Tutor is as Good as or Better than the Mail Delivery System

How the Skyping Reading Tutor is as Good as or Better than the Mail Delivery System

A song came to my head today as I thought about what I do and it is by George Strait called Overnight Male.

 

A little girl today who lives in Texas came to her reading session today even the power in her house and her neighborhood went out.  I often have stories like this when there are rainstorms or snowstorms which would normally render us cancelling sessions, but in my profession and with my delivery, we don’t have to cancel anything.

 

So I dedicate this new song to all of my students and my promise to each of them.reading Tutoring

 

Let me be your reading tutor and I’ll always come through.
There’s no denyin’, come rain or shine,
I’ll deliver my lessons to you.
I do things by the letter, you can put your trust on me
‘Cause there ain’t nobody better than Joanne Kaminski

Like a pony express in the wild, wild west
I’ll Skype with you all night long.
And I can raise your reading level, get you there ahead of the class
Long before the dawn.
You know your reading tutor will be there for you
Come snow, rain, sleet or hail
‘Cause I’m a top flight, hold-you-tight,
Get-you-there-by-daylight, do-you-right skyping reading tutor.

I know your reading fluency is fragile, so I’ll handle it with care.
There ain’t no doubt, I know practice is the route,
So kiddo let me take you there.
I’ll bring you books at your level, but I know just what you need.
Just give me 8-12 hours satisfaction guarantee.

Like a pony express in the wild, wild west
I’ll Skype with you all night long.
And I can raise your reading level, get you there ahead of the class
Long before the dawn.
You know your reading tutor will be there for you
Come snow, rain, sleet or hail
‘Cause I’m a top flight, hold-you-tight,
Get-you-there-by-daylight, do-you-right skyping reading tutor

Yeah I’m a top flight, hold you tight,
Get you there by daylight, do you right skyping reading tutor.

Overcoming Dyslexia an Effective Tutoring Program for Struggling Readers

Overcoming Dyslexia an Effective Tutoring Program for Struggling Readers

There are so many fantastic books out there that discuss what dyslexia is and provide awareness of this learning disability.  But, the one that sticks out the most for me is Sally Shaywtiz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia because it doesn’t only identify what dyslexia is, it provides solutions to how to overcome it.Sally Shaywitz

 

As an online tutor that is constantly helping struggling readers I have read this book, listened to it on audiobook, and have read it again.  Not many books get my attention for me to do this, so that is a clear indicator that this book is special.

 

Sally Shaywitz has spent her entire career learning about Dyslexia and teaching people with this disability.  (I just want to quickly mention, that just because someone has this disability does not mean he/she is not capable in many other areas of life).  In her book Overcoming Dyslexia she discusses cutting edge teaching practices that make an impact on learning.  These same teaching practices I found out were the same exact principles that I spent 5 years learning about while I was part of the Reading First Grant program at the Milwaukee Academy of Science.

 

The Reading First Grant focused their attention on phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension.  Sally discusses ways to teach children with dyslexia in each of these areas.  It seems to come down to best teaching practices.  This is why the Reading First Grant focused on educating teachers in these best teaching practices.

 

If you are a parent or educator who has a need to know more dyslexia, then I highly recommend this book.  There is a lot of information to soak up and some very deep theoretical language, but if you are persistent and allow the information to soak up by taking it in you will be able to learn what to do for dyslexics.  In my own online tutoring program for struggling readers I incorporate the strategies she talks about and use the information to enhance my students learning engagement.  Thank you Sally Shaywitz for adding so much to the awareness of dyslexia.

Joanne Kaminski’s Journey as a Struggling Reader

Joanne Kaminski’s Journey as a Struggling Reader

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My name is Joanne Kaminski, the Skyping Reading tutor, and this is my journey as a struggling reader.  My very first memory of reading was when I was 5 years old.  I was sitting in my living room and we had all of our family over the house for Thanksgiving.  I brought out a book and I asked my mom to teach me how to read.  Well, I bet you can imagine, she was a little bit busy that day and she said, “no.”  I didn’t give up there.  I went on to my cousin Cathy and asked her to teach me to read.  She was 5 years older than me and she had the same response as my mom.  I was heartbroken that no one would teach me how to read.  So, I longingly looked at the words in the book wishing that they would somehow jump off of the page and into my brain so that I could hear the story that was written.  No one really ever read to me, so I didn’t know that this was an option.  All I knew was that the words on that page conveyed a story and I wanted to know it.

 

I would like to tell you that I kept asking and found someone that would help me learn how to read, but I gave up that day.  My mom saw how much I loved stories and eventually she got my some books on tape.  Yes, they were tapes back in those days.  She must have signed up for a Disney subscription because I remember Sleeping Beauty and Brer Rabbit very clearly.

 

When I began learning how to read in school everyone was ahead of me.  I was in the lowest reading group, the Blue Jays, and I knew it.  All I wanted more than anything in the world was to become a better reader.  I mean, didn’t these people know what I was going to do for the rest of my life? Didn’t they know that one day I would own my own e tutoring company and that I just wanted to get a head start?  Apparently I knew my calling from a very early age, everyone else just was not on the same page as me.

 

I remember when we would have to read out loud in class in round robin style.  When I would read out loud, I didn’t sound like the other kids.  The teacher would give me advice about making my voice go up and down in front of all the other kids.  The other kids never got this kind of advice and this made feel more self-conscious about my reading.  Back then they didn’t have reading fluency interventions.  So I felt like there was something wrong with me.

 

As school continued I scored poorly on the state tests and continued to get put in the lowest reading group.  I remember in 6th grade kids started to take a foreign language, but because of my reading comprehension scores I was denied this and put in another reading program for struggling readers.

 

I felt less than, devalued, and diminished.  Even the kids in the reading class made fun of me.  I felt stupid and worthless.  I continued on my middle school years this way, which were some of the toughest days of my life.

 

One day a teacher at a parent/teacher conference suggested to my mom that she read with me.  My mom took her up on this suggestion and began reading Anne of Green Gables.  She would read a page and then I would read a page.  This was my most prized memory of reading with my mom.  It built a feeling of being loved and accepted all while being immersed in Anne’s world inCanada.  I found out later on in life that my dad’s whole family came fromPrince Edward   Islandwhere the story took place.  Anne of Green Gables became a series and I read every single book in that series.  This is were I got my mantra, if you hook a reader into a series, then you hook him/her into reading for life.

 

This was the first book that I ever read over and over again.  I remembered the beautiful trees that were described in the beginning of the story when Anne was first arriving at Green Gables.  It captured my heart.  I remember how talkative Anne was and fell in love with this imaginative little girl.  I could relate with the character and I longed to experience life in this book as Anne.

 

Today, I am no longer at the bottom of my class.  I graduated fromMarquetteUniversitywith Suma Cum Laude.  I went on to get my masters and graduated as a Reading Specialist with a 4.0.  I struggled to get where I am today and reading was never easy as a child, but I love reading more than anything else in the world.  I love to learn and immerse myself in learning new things and above all I love teaching kids to read.  I take into account the feelings that kids struggling go through because I was one of those kids.  I incorporate positive reinforcement techniques and make kids feel like they are good enough, smart enough, and wonderful enough to accomplish the things that they want to accomplish in life.  I tell my students that it doesn’t matter what level they are reading at right now.  I will get them far beyond where they need to be.  I have tips and tricks that have gotten me through school and I had to learn the hard way.  I teach them these tips and tricks and make learning easy for them.

 

No child should be made to feel less than because he/she does not learn the typical way that is acceptable in schools.  All children have a right to an appropriate education whether they are a struggling reader or not.  I am here to speed up the learning curve for kids and to find that path to educational success.  Whether a child is struggling a little bit with reading, or whether he/she is in need of a dyslexia tutoring program, I am here to help.  This is my passion and my path in life.

Renee Love’s Story of Dyslexia and an Effective Dyslexic Intervention Program

Renee Love’s Story of Dyslexia and an Effective Dyslexic Intervention Program

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October is National Dyslexia Awareness month, so there will be several posts this month dedicated to understanding this learning disability. Today I have interviewed a client that is an adult that has suffered from Dyslexia and what her experience was a result. Her name is Renee Love and she enlisted my services about a year ago to help increase her reading level.

Skyping Reading Tutor: What was your first experience you remember with reading?

Renee: My grandmother reading Rumplestiltsken. I remember being fascinated with the idea of spinning gold.

Skyping Reading Tutor: Were you read to a lot as a child?

Renee: Yes, I Remember being read to fairly regularly by lots of different people.

Skyping Reading Tutor: When was the first time you knew something was different?

Renee: I was reading with my grandmother and it seemed like I was understanding everything. I remember her asking me to continue reading a sentence over and over again. I didn’t understand why she kept having me reread it. I thought that I was reading it correctly. She kept telling me that I was reading was as saw. I kept thinking, why would I do that.

Skyping Reading Tutor: How did your experiences effect you?

Renee: When It was explained to me that I was dyslexic I was relieved that there was a reason. At the same time a lot of people assumed I had more limitations than I actually did.

Skyping Reading Tutor: How did dyslexia affect your overall school experiences?

Renee: It really made school miserable. I was constantly teased and felt singled out a lot because they would put me in special reading classes. It didn’t seem that people really understood what the problem was and what my limitations actually were.

Skyping Reading Tutor: You graduated from high school and got a masters. How were you able to accomplish that?

Renee: Belief that I was intelligent enough and a lot of late nights. Some very cooperative and helpful teachers also guided me through my studies.

Skyping Reading Tutor: What was your experience online like with the Skyping reading tutor?

Renee: Amazing, enlightening, and extremely helpful. She found what I needed to improve on and helped give me the confidence to discover things that I didn’t know I could do.

Skyping Reading Tutor: What would you like to say to kids who are struggling with this today?

Renee: You are not alone and don’t get discouraged there is still lots you can do.

Skyping Reading Tutor: What is some advice that you have for parents that are going through this with their child?

Renee’s mom: Patience and continue to have a positive attitude and praise. Still read to them.

Renee: My mom made herself available consistently to get through material. Recognize that it is not your child’s fault. It needs to be dealt with in the best manner possible.

Today Renee has focused on what her talents are and shares them with the world. The picture that you see above is a water color painting she did of my children. You can check out her work at http://reneelovepaints.weebly.com/. She is also going to be illustrating the cover of my new book 31 Days to a Become a Better Reader. Just because Renee has dyslexia does not mean that she is not a very accomplished woman. She has a bubbly personality and has a unique talent to capture people’s essence through her painting.

How to Ask Questions to Increase Reading Comprehension

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Why? Why? Why? Why? I watch a 4 year old in the afternoons and this is his absolute favorite question.  This isn’t the kind of question that I am referring to when asking questions to increase reading comprehension.

At the end of a story we are asked to answer some questions about what we just read.  But what if, instead of waiting till to end to find out if we understood what we read we used a self monitoring technique that helped us understand what we just read.

Yesterday, an amazing teacher with impeccable technology skills, Ms. Irene Kistler in San Antonio, Texas invited me into her classroom to enhance the students knowledge about snakes and incorporate the skill of asking questions when reading.  Her class was very knowledgeable about snakes and overall we all had a blast.

When teaching the strategy of asking questions, I always start with the first bit of information that I am given.  That is, the title.  The title is the best place to ask a question when I am reading non-fiction text.  Why you may ask?  Well, the whole book is about it so it gets us thinking about what might learn.  The title of our book yeasterday was Snakes, Long, Longer, Longest by Jerry Pallotta.  So I modeled  asking questions and came up with

  1. Which snake is the shortest?
  2. Which snake is the longest?

From that question the students made a prediction.  They were not sure about the shortest snake, but they thought possibly anacondas or the reticular pythons might be the longest.  The students that answered reticular pythons were correct.  Anacondas, by the way, are the fattest.  So our student that answered anacondas was not too far off.

As you continue reading your brain may automatically think of questions.  If this is you, then you are on your way to understanding what you are reading.  However, this may not be the case for you and you may need some guidance.  Before you begin reading check to see if your book has three pieces of information.

  1. Table of contents
  2. Glossary
  3. Index

These are the most natural places to build additional questions.  Turn each chapter in the table of contents into a question and write it down.  Next flip to the index and see the topics that will be taught in the book and turn some of these into questions.  Lastly, find the words in the glossary that you have never heard of before and turn that into a question.  What does ______ mean?  This will guide you as you are reading and make sure that you tune into the things that you do not know the answer to.  If you think you do know the answer, then when you are reading you get the joy of confirming whether what you thought you was correct is actually or learning new information that helps you understand something a little deeper.

It is amazing how many students I run into in the tutoring business that do not have enough exposure to non-fiction text.  I often hear that my child seems to read just fine, but has difficulty with reading comprehension.  The parents do not understand what to do.  Many times a student is reading on grade level with fiction text, but that is not the case with non-fiction text.  By teaching some of these simple strategies and putting them into action, you will be able to increase a student’s non-fiction reading comprehension level.  He/she needs to be taught how to think in a new way to retain the information that he/she is learning.

Thank you to Ms. Irene Kistler and her students in San Antonio, Texas for allowing me to come visit them in their classroom and do some learning with them.  I thoroughly enjoyed my time.

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