He’s likely to squirm in his seat, get sleepy, look anxious, or act up. When you see these signs, you can help.

  • Look at the book to find out where your child was last reading well. Ask him if there’s a word he doesn’t understand.
  • Help your child look up the problem word in a simple dictionary.
  • Check his understanding. Have him use the word in several sentences.

If your child says he knows all the words, do some spot checks. Ask “What does this word mean?” Look up the words he doesn’t know. Have him use them in sentences.

Also, don’t assume the problem is with big words. Little words like “the” or “and” can cause problems, too. So can punctuation symbols like periods or commas.

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