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Discover why Reading Support at Northbridge is a team effort

Virginia Lohr
Virginia Lohr (2 posts) Reading Interventionist Teacher View Profile

Reading is the foundation of a child’s education, that’s why at Northbridge International School Cambodia we have a team to support your child’s reading needs. We also encourage parents to join the team and support their child’s reading journey at home.

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Why reading and reading support are important

Reading difficulties can impact many aspects of a child’s academic day. For example, solving a math word problem is difficult for struggling readers. Something as simple as reading instructions for an activity is stressful for a child when they experience reading challenges. If a child is not reading at their appropriate grade level, all of their educational goals are impacted. Unresolved reading problems increase over time if they are not addressed properly right away.

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Reading support at NISC

At Northbridge, teachers and administrators know how important reading support can be for struggling readers. That’s why supporting struggling readers is a priority at NISC. Primary teachers assess students’ reading levels multiple times a year and also check that their pupils know the appropriate sounds associated with the letters they are learning. If there is any deficit in the sounds students can recognize, NISC provides support from our dedicated phonics professional.

If a student needs reading support, the reading specialist works with that student twice a week and customizes lessons that target the student’s specific needs. The reading specialist, the phonics professional, the literacy coach, the learning support coordinator, the English as an Additional Language  (EAL) coordinator, and the classroom teacher work closely together to ensure that their combined efforts properly support the student.

After several weeks of reading support, students are assessed again to see what progress was made. If no progress is evident, the NISC learning team investigates further and proceeds with alternate avenues of support. 

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Parents as part of the team

Parents play a crucial role in helping students advance in their reading development. Parents should provide their children with appealing books to read and make sure their children have time to read every day. Parents should read for pleasure in front of their children, thus modeling the desired behavior. It is also important for parents to read aloud to their children in whichever language they feel comfortable doing so.

This quality time spent reading together is a great way to build vocabulary, spark a child’s interest in reading, and also connect as a family. Even older elementary students enjoy being read a story. The key is picking a book that they love. My suggestion is to find books that your child really enjoys. Often times, the right book can turn a reluctant reader into an avid reader.

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The Goal

When teachers, parents, reading specialists, and other learning support professionals work together as a team to support a struggling reader, the student makes great progress and the joy of reading is imparted.