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Reading Comprehension Classes
Can anyone offer any feedback, positive or negative, about the Cal State East Bay Reading Programs? I found the flyer for their summer sessions at my daughter's school but her teacher didn't know anything about the program. I am thinking of sending her to the session for entering first graders this summer but would like to hear some reviews from other parents whose children have participated in the program to see if it is worthwhile. Anon
Hello, My son had a hard time in first grade this year with his reading. While we never identified any learning disabilities, he did go to a private reading specialist and we've seen lots of improvement, he is finally up to grade level. But I''m worried about him losing ground over the summer. Between K and 1st, he forgot everything, and he felt really bad at the beginning of 1st when he couldn't read as well as his peers. It colored his whole year, and he is finally just feeling some self confidence in this area. My question is how do I keep him improving (or at least not forgetting) over the summer? We will read with him as usual, but I feel he needs something more. Can anyone recommend at home reading programs we can do? Maybe something we can do online or buy a kit? We would also be open to academic camps where he would be able to have a couple of intensive weeks of reading/writing. Any and all suggestions welcome. anon
It took me halfway into my son's second grade to find the genre my son ENJOYED reading-for us it was the Treehouse series, Jeronimo Stilton and his current guilty pleasure is the SECRET of DROON. He however has tested OUT of third grade reading at level 44 a month ago so his teacher told us we should ''push'' his reading level-The Phantom Tollbooth was our first more difficult read-he loved it. We now do my books m-th and his ''guilty pleasures'' Fri-Sun I loved to read as a kid so I was feeling that without my son's having books in their world (for fun) I was somehow failing them-
If you need a program because you can't/won't keep your son going by all means check out what I listed. However with a current library card, some time in the am you can maintain your son's reading without a program and definitely check out Lakeshore Learning in San Leandro off of Marina Blvd. for resources(sight word games etc) to back up your at home program. As we outgrew the items we passed them onto our local elementary school's Kindergarten classes and friends. mom of bookworm
My girls read a lot during the summers now, including many books outside of their favorite genre (mystery and adventure). Also, there is a party for all the kids who reached their reading goal, complete with storytelling, ice cream and receipt of their golden coupon! The Storyteller, 30 Lafayette Circle, 925-284-3480. Brenda
My daughter (and my oldest)will be a junior this coming school year and I am concerned for her because of the stressful year she is facing academically, SAT tests, gearing up for college planning,etc. She attends an extremely academic oriented school but is one of those students who works extremely hard for her grades. She has always had issues with time management and slow processing speed, slow reading comprehension, and for her freshman and sophomore years, she received extra help from her school's learning center (extra time on tests, etc.) I'd like to know: how can I REALLy help her with her time management issues (so far breaking down her work into 20 minute tasks hasn't worked like in business), and help her prepare for her junior year so she can succeed? Thank you, Concerned Mom
Many bright hard working students do not read as well as you think. This makes it much harder to do their work - they read every word slowly - and often must reread since they will lose their place, drift off, or may simply be overloaded by the workload required.
This will not get easier as she goes along. And it is really OK to say, ''We need help''. This is the kind of help that schools usually do not provide.
I like the Institute of Reading Development - their approach may seem corny but it works if you go to class and do the assignments. The majority of people who are not happy with this program are people that did not get their kids to class. The program worked for my child and me - they may have classes still available this summer: 1-800-964-8888
If not, look for private individuals or other commercial programs with outcomes that meet your need. When kids read well they love reading and they can read a book or more a day. It can make the whole study deal much less of a chore. It is possible that a little help will go a long way for your daughter anon
I am considering a summer speed reading, comprehension, study skills program for my middle school son. The course is offered by Cal State East Bay, Institude of Reading Development. Has anyone had experience with this organization or taken this course and found it helpful? Any feedback woud be appreciated.
There is no course more effective, easier on your time schedule or checkbook with as much proven result for decades. I took the adult class and quadrupled my reading speed and recently retook the class for free to get a boost. Adults have lifetime retake priveleges. People wonder how I can get thru all the material I need to read every day, but most people will not believe such a simple effort will yield this result - people are full of excuses and bad things they have heard about other methods.
I recently gave my daughter the adult vocabulary workbook to help her study for the SAT. It is based on root words, prefixes, and suffixes - things they used to teach in school before ''whole language''.
Institute of Reading Development teaches you to read faster but generally you still read every word - they teach you how to prepare yourself to read, read more words at one time, stengthen your eyes and change your reading attitude and habits. When people take in more words their brains are more focused on the material, and reading is more fun.
After IRD my daughter picked up one of the Harry Potter volumes and read it nonstop in 3 days. Before this I could barely get her to read chapter books.She still devores novels, completely pulls out the most important quotes for history papers, digests advanced math and science texts, and has learned another language - she now knows three. She takes the best notes I have ever seen.
I also learned that whatever she wants to read it is fine as long as she is reading and have bought whatever magazine subscription she is interested in. There is a complete Parents manual that you need to take seriously too to support your child.
If this company was started today they would charge 5 times the amount and get it and it would be way worth it. You are getting an advantage in that the founder of the company Paul Copperman is very dedicated to making the classes affordable. They give enormous numbers of scholarships to anyone without income, or has a large family every year.
Your job will be to get your son to the class, make sure he spends some time on the homework. If you need to miss a class they will try to find one somewhere else to substitute if you give them notice. Your child needs to go to every class. My daughter was pretty good with her homework - I was pretty bad. We both went to class without missing and gained a great deal. Your son does not have to like it - he needs to go and not give the teacher a hard time. It is a private school, they don't put up with bad behavior in class. This class makes A students less stressed, and it gets underachieving students to excel.
I set up a reward system for my daughter. She did not like class, but she loves to read. She later said the classes made a huge difference.
Anyone else intrested they are enrolling now:
Registration & Information For more information or to register, call the Institute of Reading Development at 1-800-964-8888 8 a.m.– 9 p.m. Monday–Friday and 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Saturday.
Go for it
IRD grad family
Does anyone know of a speed reading/comprehension class suitable for teens this summer - preferably in the evenings? (She will never finish War and Peace for AP English next year!!!)
If a person has a reading comprehension problem, a speed-reading class is definitely not recommended.
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