How can a 3rd Grade Reading tutor help your child?
By third grade, most students have mastered the art of reading and writing short compositions. At this stage, English education begins to transition from the basic ability to comprehend language toward helping students improve their abilities and effectively use them. Third grade reading classes increasingly revolve around grammatical clarity, parts of speech, and reading comprehension. For students who have not yet mastered the skill of sounding out syllables and writing complete sentences, the expectations of a third grade teacher can seem well beyond reason. Similarly, students who have mastered the common core content and are ready to face more difficult challenges may grow bored if the only topics discussed in their reading class are those that they already understand.
Private tutoring can help third grade students build their confidence in reading and speaking the English language, as well as analyzing and forming opinions about the material that they read. The goal is to help you find the right tutor for your child's particular needs and your specific concerns. Building a profile for your child with Varsity Tutors, based on his or her current reading proficiency, learning style, and personality is the first step. Using this comprehensive assessment, it is possible for us to help you select a tutor who perfectly complements your student's habits. Your reading tutor will custom design each lesson according to your child's needs, ensuring that lessons move at the right pace.
For younger students, building early confidence in their English reading and composition skills can be a gateway to strong literary achievements and interests later in their education. Making reading books and stories into a fascinating realm of knowledge and exploration rather than a task or chore can make all the difference in your child's language arts skills, even at the high school and college level. With the introduction of more technical analysis during third grade, breaking down compositions into nouns, adjectives, and tenses can take the magic out of the English language. Tutoring can help your child maintain his or her interest in literature and writing.
The demands are quite high on a third grader. What they learn now in reading affects their academic performance in every grade going forward. Topics that a tutor can help with include fluency; a child's ability to read accurately at their grade level is important. They need to practice reading aloud as much as possible. Punctuation is something that is practiced in much detail, and has a profound impact on fluency. Phonics is another important aspect of reading, and your child will learn to identify letters, read and decode multi-syllable words, blend sounds represented by consonants and vowels, and break words up into syllables. Vocabulary is an area of focus at this stage too; your third grader should start to be able to understand what a word means by how it is used. They should start to categorize words, pick out the ones in a contraction, recognize compound words, and know common synonyms and antonyms.
A reading tutor can pick up the slack, or provide an extra boost along the way. There is never any harm in getting ahead with reading comprehension. The most important lessons enable children to identify concepts in text, relate the content to real-life experiences and events, and ask questions about it. They'll have to answer questions as well. No matter how you see it, this is a crucial time for your child and it's important to be supportive and encouraging.
If you are interested in more information, contact us for help. Do not let your child stumble through reading without the support he or she needs in order to achieve his or her full potential in the subject. Investing in reading tutoring is an investment in your child's educational future. Your child can meet the tutor in a location of your choosing or even online. Call Varsity Tutors today for more information on how to find a tutor and schedule your child's first tutoring session!