Reading and Writing
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
The Importance of Reading
photo of a stack of school booksThe importance of having strong reading, writing and comprehension skills can never be over emphasized. Reading failure can exact tremendous long term consequences for a child’s developing self-confidence and motivation to learn, as well as their school performance as they get older. According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation, students who don’t read proficiently by the 3rd grade are 4 times more likely to drop out of school.
As you communicate with yourself through reading, you understand more and in turn can communicate more successfully with others. This is one of the most important tools that we as humans use on a daily basis to connect with each other. A solid understanding of how to converse effectively with peers is a skill that will be used daily in professional and personal relationships for the rest of your student’s life.
Reading as a child also shapes his or her identity outside of school in an incredibly impactful way. Reading exposes students to a world full of imagination and wonder, and shows them that nothing is impossible. Through reading and language arts, students explore different angles in how they perceive everyday things and develop fundamental creative thinking skills.
It may seem obvious, but according to the National Education Association, having kids read often both aloud and privately is one of the most crucial components of becoming a good reader. Young students need to become skilled at recognizing letters and sounds, and the only way to become a proficient reader is to practice, practice, and practice some more!
How Reach Can Help
Our English tutors are also qualified to assist ESL students who are working to adapt to the English language and become successful readers.
The US Department of Education states that ten percent of all public school students are English as a Second Language learners (ESL), meaning they have limited English proficiency. However, less than 1 percent of public school teachers are ESL instructors, which is equivalent to one ESL instructor for every 150 ESL students.
Reading tutor helping studentOne study published in the American Educational Research Journal in 2007 studied a specific tutoring program to support struggling first grade English Language Learners. After tracking the daily oral reading accuracy of the students, the study found that students who were tutored by a certified teacher made greater gains than students tutored by a paraprofessional. Our California Credentialed Teachers are the most qualified tutors for reading and writing that you can count on to ensure your ESL student will be able to catch up to their native English speaking peers.
Often times, students with learning disabilities also have great difficulty in learning to read. These children may find the process very complicated and extremely frustrating, and their challenges may outweigh their desire to learn. Dyslexia is one of the most common reading disabilities, affecting as many as 15 percent of all Americans.
However, many other students we see are affected with ADD, Autistic spectrum disorders, or more specific learning disabilities that can make reading comprehension and retention problematic. At REACH Pro Tutoring, our special education reading and writing tutors are well versed in these challenges and can be a great resource for parents in prioritizing the educational needs of students with learning disabilities.
Has your child been reading the same lines over and over but not comprehending the words? If your child has been struggling with reading, you have probably seen a negative effect in other subjects, possibly a lessened desire to attend school and a decline in self-esteem. With REACH, your child will learn reading, writing, comprehension, grammar and composition, and our goal is to help every REACH student develop a lifelong love of reading.
If your child is reaching a point where he or she is beginning to struggle, now is the time to take action! Call us today at 1-877-947-3224.
We serve all of California, with Regional Directors in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Inland Empire, San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, and the San Francisco Bay Area.