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5 Ways to Help Your Struggling Reader

Reading doesn’t come easily to every kid. It can be hard as a parent to watch your child struggle. Sometimes, it may seem that there’s nothing you can do to help. To banish that feeling of despair, check out these five reading assistance tools. With them, you can help your child flourish.

#1 –  Irresistible Books

Who wants to read a boring book? Certainly not struggling readers! The best reading assistance apps provide books that actually appeal to kids. That means having a jam-packed library with a wide variety of titles so that there’s something to engage every kid.

#2 – Leveled Titles

Grade-level book lists can leave your struggling reader feeling down in the dumps. It’s no fun to stumble through every selection recommended for kids your age. Rather, children feel accomplished and successful when their books match their current abilities.

The Lexile system provides the tools to make this happen. The first step is an assessment quiz to discover your child’s current reading level. After that, you can match his Lexile measure to books at that same level. If you use a digital reading program that continually tracks your child’s progress, you can watch as his Lexile measure grows.

#3 – Pronunciation Help

Struggling readers may feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to sound out every word. They’ll benefit from reading assistance software that speaks the text aloud. As kids follow along on the page, they’ll make new connections between how words look and sound. Word-by-word audiobooks that highlight the text can be especially helpful.

#4 – Comprehension Builders

Some kids can read sentences flawlessly, but they have very little idea what the words mean. Those children struggle with reading comprehension. Cloze assessments, in which children fill in missing words from a passage, are a handy tool for increasing kids’ abilities in this area. It’s most beneficial in books that match your child’s current reading level.[1]

#5 – Customizable Pages

Some kids need to change the look of the page. That’s hard to do with paper books, but digital platforms make it easy. Your kids may be able to adjust the font, reveal only one line of text at a time, or highlight individual words.

For your struggling reader, check out LightSail for Reading at Home. Our Lexile-based platform includes all of these supportive features and more, with over 100K books, audiobooks, World Book digital encyclopedia, and multimedia resources all interconnected to allow your child to find their perfect book at the perfect level for them.


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Posted on 11.Nov.21 in Reading at Home Tips

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How do I know what books are right for my child?

LightSail takes the guesswork out of choosing books for your child by tailoring each child’s library to their precise reading level.

By honing in on a child’s precise Lexile reading score, LightSail can match them with books that are at that “just-right” level to promote optimal reading progress.

And because LightSail contains such a wide-ranging array of content, there is always a vast selection of books for any topic or interest.

What ages/grades is LightSail for?

LightSail’s Premium and Standard subscriptions are designed for children in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8-18).

We also have a World Book Kids subscription for grades 1 through 2 (ages 5-7) and a World Book Early Learners subscription for PreK through K (ages 2-5).

Is LightSail different from an Amazon Kindle or other e-readers?

Unlike static e-readers, LightSail doesn’t just offer children books.

Every book and article in LightSail contains 6 layers of added features that let your child experience books.

By adapting to a child’s precise reading ability, offering them content that is at that “just-right” reading level to promote literacy growth, and providing a fully customizable, rewarding reading experience, LightSail unlocks the magic of reading in ways no physical book or static e-reader can.

What types of parental control do I have over my child’s activity and content?

In short, complete control.

LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features that govern every aspect of the platform from video viewing, to chats, to what content can be seen and accessed.

Additionally, LightSail’s revolutionary ChildSafe Content Controls lets parents screen and block content according to dozens of nuanced subcategories based on maturity factors, family values, and religious topics.

How can I make reading fun for my child?

LightSail incorporates gamification features into every aspect of the platform, especially reading!

By integrating badges, goals and milestones, social sharing options, motivational messages, and the ability for parents to add customizable gift rewards, LightSail incentivizes reading, writing, and learning just like kids’ favorite games.

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