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ERIC Number: EJ1103954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Parent Perceptions of Their Children's Reading Skills
Austin, Kathy
Parenting for High Potential, v5 n3 p5, 22-23 Spr 2016
Many gifted preschoolers are self-taught readers. This was confirmed by more than 200 parents in a 2011 study at Oregon State University focusing on young children's reading experiences. The purpose of the study was to determine how parents of gifted children and gifted students perceived the children's learning-to-read process, their early school reading experiences, their current school reading experiences, and changes parents and children would like to make to current reading instruction methods. The most surprising pattern to emerge from the 2011 study is that when asked how their preschool children learned to read, parents said their children were given little to no formal instruction in reading. Then, all of a sudden, poof! The children were reading above age level. By the time they started kindergarten, over half of the children in the study were reading significantly above grade level. Those who began to read in first grade were reading several grade levels above in less than 4 months. When children in the study were not allowed to read books at school that were both interesting and challenging, they began to be turned off by reading. Some, who were distraught by what their teachers required them to read at school, quit reading altogether. Parents were asked what they did to make reading enjoyable for their children. The literacy culture of the home influenced the children's desire to read initially, but other factors kept the children's interest in reading. This article provides some important strategies parents can implement to help their gifted children continue to have successful reading experiences. Parents can and should develop strategies for working with teachers and school administrators. Positive, collaborative teacher-parent relationships have resulted in children advancing to upper grade reading levels.The main goal is for gifted readers to experience the joy of reading.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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