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Why Complain of Youth’s Low Reading Scores–When Reading Basics are Weak?

What is the reading material the children scores are based on?

Who will teach tools & techniques to reading mastery? Figurative Language, Author’s Intent, Inferences, Context Clues, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Close Reading, etc.?

Children are held accountable for scores on standardized tests & most times, it is not certain if they have been given the reading tools & techniques in detail.

Look into the records of the students, those low scores didn’t come out of the middle of nowhere. The reading struggling didn’t just pop out the ground.

Most times, children are given boring reading material, and they are expected to be hyped up about it.

What do they have a passion for? That is the key to unlock mediocre reading scores.

The brain is a muscle & it must be constantly exercised. If not, it gets out of shape. Flabby.

Poems, Song Lyrics, Quotes, Proverbs, Short Essays, etc are very powerful when it comes to students mastering reading. Break the class down in a circle or semi-circle & let the students read out loud. Some will read better than others. Students will laugh. At first. But, the teacher or reading coach must say, “don’t laugh too quick, because all of you are going to have to read aloud. We are going around the circle.”

See how long the laughing last. That is going to be knocked off real quick.

Some of the fast readers might not comprehend as well as the slow readers. In that case, the fast readers are more of an entertainer. Sometimes, the slow readers comprehend better than the speedy rabbit readers.

Everybody will read the same text in the circle. Nobody knows if they will be called next. You think they are going to goof off? Nope. Too much embarrassment, if they are caught looking out the window at squirrels or something. They will pay attention.

The teacher/parent/reading coach must know the material inside out & outside in. That way, they will be able to ask questions right on the spot or after a student gets through reading.

Anyone can answer the question asked. The more these type settings happen, the more young people are inspired to be master readers.

Some days, you go over prefixes, suffixes & root words. Etymology. The origin of words.

Go over Greek & Latin, French, Old English, Spanish. Then, they will have a solid understanding of the core of the English Language.

Have the Youth Breakdown Poems & Song Lyrics. Ask them about the stories in the poems & songs & ask them have they had similar experiences.

Reading Mastery is no Cookie Cutter Template. It takes hardwork to see a rise in Reading Scores. It takes sacrifice on students & the adults part.

Who is willing to turn the difficult soil over?

KT
8/10/2017
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How to Inspire Children to Love Reading & Memorizing Poems

Inspire your Children to Love Reading by telling them good stories. Good stories inspire good questions. Read stories to them with morals, values, lessons, overcoming difficulties, strategies, analyzing. Thinking, in other words.

When we read to our children, we must not read monotone. That is boring even to a grown person. Just imagine how boring monotone reading is to children. We must read with voice inflections, excitement, rhythm. This helps keep the children’s attention.

Oral Reading is an Art form we must master to Inspire our children to Love Reading.
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*—>> How to Inspire Children to Memorize Poems

Teach your children little short poems way before they start to read. It is best to have them memorize poems that rhyme. It sticks in their minds better. We must build up the children’s memories.

Later on…have them recite the poems back to you. Have them memorize a poem a week. Or a poem every two weeks. We can have them do this right after they learn a few words. It does not even matter if they only have a few words in their vocabulary. So what if they are still just baby talking.

If they learn a poem a week, that’s 52 poems a year. If they learn a poem every 2 weeks, that’s 26 poems a year. If they learn a poem a month, that’s 12 poems a year. Use your own discretion.

We must must not underestimate what our children have the capacity to learn. Our children can handle pretty much anything we work with them with.

Take Charge of Your Post, Dear Parents. Parents are the 1st Teachers.

KT
2012
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As long as these Djelis/Griots/Oral Historians/Timeless Lyricists Remain/We won’t go Insane/–d Slavemaster thought we was 100% cut off/–dude done lost his brain/–Mother Africa’s children, breaking ball & chain.

Listen to John Legend & The Roots version of “Little Ghetto Boy.”
*(Original Version–Donny Hathaway–1970’s)

Listen to Black Thought of The Roots drop them bars/–putting healing balm on scars, kicking down mental bars, we getting ours/–QuestLove, on d Drums, hitting wt Power, Rhythm, Freedom/–pulling minds 4rm slums/–John Legend, coming in wt harmony in his voice/–Break Free Little Ghetto Boy, No Choice/–Mother Africa Ain’t Forgot You/–Lyrical Freedom Fighters Coming after You.

KT
6/3/2013
10:57 am
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