Reading Success and Reading Woes

Sometimes I think that maybe I just interfere with their education too much. When Hawwa entered school, she had to be placed in a reading group that went 3 times a week for remedial help.  She could hardly read and now she is bring home short chapter books and attempting them. She actually got off the bus a couple of days ago reading!
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I did notice that they don’t pound them with phonics but do send them home with a short reader weekly. Their spelling words include a lot of sight words and aren’t totally phonics based either.

I just feel like she is more open to learning to read and try new things without me hovering over her.

Jennah, on the other hand, is still here with me and is still struggling. I am wondering if I am doing the right thing by keeping her at home now. She has also attempted the short chapter books but stumbles over every other word. She continues to guess and doesn’t seem to retain any of the phonics rules we have gone over. We are both very frustrated. I feel bad for her as she is aware of her younger sister’s academic progress. I am not sure how to help her anymore. She does not attempt much on her own and just sits and waits for me all the time. So, I am unsure of what direction to take with her…

5 responses to “Reading Success and Reading Woes

  1. Assalamualaykum,
    It’s hard to know what to say really. I’ve never paid much attention to phonics with my kids. They found it too boring, especially phonics rules. Personally I think phonics drives the enjoyment out of reading.
    I can only suggest making istikhara and seeing what guidance you get from that inshAllah.

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummrashid, How did they learn to read? Spell?

      A couple of mine learned with much phonics and they are the book lovers but none of them can really spell that well. Hannah and Jamilah have had to step up their spelling because they don’t want to look stupid.

  2. anonymousmuslimah

    Assalamo alaikum,

    Alhamdulillah for Hawwa’s progress. What age is Jennah again? If you want to put her into school then would she get additional help in the classroom?

    I am having my own issues and feel like I am between a rock and a hard place, so I can relate. May Allah give you strength, ameen x

    • Wa alaikum as salaam ummsalam, alhamdulillah for everything. Jennah is 9. She would get help, insha allah. They offer resources. I do need to take her to the dr. and speak with the school counselor about possible dyslexia, insha allah.

      May Allah help you and your family, sis. Ameen.

  3. I think my kids just learned to read through reading. I used the same scheme with them that I was taught to read with. We covered initial letter sounds and some basics like “sh”, “ch” but after that we just read a page per day together. I did spelling tests with the boys, but not with the girls. We used a few workbooks. I have always pulled them up on all spelling mistakes in their written work and got them to copy out corrections.
    I have not been systematic, I’ll own that, and I think I just went with the same old methods that were used on me as a child – except without the flashcards. My mother taught me with flashcards but none of my kids would tolerate them…although I tried!
    If Jennah has particular issues then there will be methods that can be used to help her, inshAllah. Don’t worry, just seek out the support you need and she will be fine. She clearly has many admirable qualities, which you’ve been sharing with us recently, maashAllah. Once the switch gets flicked kids of that age can learn to read almost overnight. it is just a matter of the right way and the right moment, inshAllah 🙂

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