June 12, 2011 3:55 AM Subscribe
How do I get my 6-year-old daughter to read?
My daughter loves books and being read to but when it comes to reading aloud to her mum and I she just clams up.
My daughter is 6 and is in year 1 of primary school here in the UK. At school they started teaching phonics in reception year (pre-year 1) and they have weekly reading-to-teacher sessions in class. Ever since the learning to read process began it has been an uphill struggle - her fingers would go straight in her mouth and she'd whisper the words; now she says she's too "nervous" to read aloud and burst into tears at any slight pressure.
We know she can read because she does so with an after school reading tutor and will read things out spontaneously to us. However, when we attempt to get her to read a book aloud, out come the tears.
We've tried reward charts; getting her to choose which book she wants to read; encouragement for any effort made and now the tutor. I fear she's falling behind but I also fear turning reading into a painful experience for her. What should I do?