Building Block Basics

From the moment we enter school, we are learning building blocks fundamentals that act as our foundation to help carry us through school. If we miss those foundations, it becomes a gap and harder to build on top of that missing building block (foundation). Sometimes, we don’t recognize that we’ve missed a building block.

Tutor Doctor helps parents and students uncover missing building blocks that prevent the student from succeeding. Our goal is to address the foundation building blocks that solve the problem permanently. We understand other things come into play but addressing the building blocks allows us to focus on the other factors and develop strategies to cope in the learning process.

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Reading Help

Reading the words and retaining/understanding what is being read is equally important. This method takes extra time to reading stories but it makes a big difference if you can do this 2-3 times a week. I like to do this on no homework days.

Some simple tips:

  1. Discover the cover. Look at the cover with your child and ask “what do you think this book is about?”
  2. Picture walk. Before you start to read the book. Allow your child to look at the pictures and describe what’s happening.
  3. Big word hunt. Find big words that may be hard and review prior to reading the book. Don’t worry about the meaning because when the story is read, that is a good opportunity to let your child discover the meaning as he/she reads. Its ok to stop and ask the meaning.
  4. Read the book. Let your child read the book to you or allow him/her to read it alone first and then discuss the book. It’s good to read a bit out load if your child needs to practice fluency.
  5. Recall. I use a quick summary recall method that has worked well with my own children.
  • Summarize the story in 3 to 5 sentences.
  • Who are the characters?
  • Where did the story take place?
  • What was your favorite part?

Quick note—If your child is in 3rd grade or above, it is a good idea to ask your child to write the summary to help with writing development.