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Speeding Up Dawdling Readers

There are ways to speed up readers that are slow but competent.

You can use books on audio, which can speed them along - even if they are reading along with the audio, it's a good way for them to practice reading faster.

You can read plays WHILE watching plays.  We did that with Shakespeare for my dawdling reading.  We got the BBC version of the Shakespeare plays, which are word for word, and then followed along with a good translation in book form. (I recommend the Folger Library edition.

And finally, you can teach them some speed reading skills with this program.

Just between you and me, the biggest speed reading technique is just sitting at a table and running your fingers along the words as you read them.

There are lots of great things about learning slowly and even reading slowly.  But if you want ways to make them read faster, these are some methods you can try.

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Guest - Annie Blake (website) on Friday, 29 May 2009 21:38

My dawdler is almost 11 which means he is 2 years before high school here in Ireland. Although he reads slowly he is a very competent reader and speller. He understands the principles of punctuation yet he constantly adds extra commas and full stops while reading. He also spends time 'finding my place'. Thank you for reminding me that it is 'OK' to follow along with a finger. I have discouraged that 'childish behaviour' even though it still comes naturally to him. I guess I'm expecting too much too young. I will encourage him to keep his place with his finger and the other tips you mentioned. We'll start today with his Disney read along of Cars the movie. Thank you for addressing this

My dawdler is almost 11 which means he is 2 years before high school here in Ireland. Although he reads slowly he is a very competent reader and speller. He understands the principles of punctuation yet he constantly adds extra commas and full stops while reading. He also spends time 'finding my place'. Thank you for reminding me that it is 'OK' to follow along with a finger. I have discouraged that 'childish behaviour' even though it still comes naturally to him. I guess I'm expecting too much too young. I will encourage him to keep his place with his finger and the other tips you mentioned. We'll start today with his Disney read along of Cars the movie. Thank you for addressing this :)
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