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Favorite Friday: Help for Beginning and Struggling Readers!



Happy Friday! We are so excited to be sharing our favorite books, curriculum, resources, and supplies that we use to homeschool! Each Friday, we will be sharing products we love to use in our own homeschooling adventure. Enjoy these homeschooling items that we can’t live without….and you shouldn’t either!


This Friday, we want to share resources that will support new or struggling readers! Did you know that 75% of children who struggle with reading have tracking or vision issues? These three products help students improve their decoding and tracking skills and get them on their way to becoming fluent readers. And the best part is they are very, very affordable (in other words-cheap!).


Guided Reading Strips Highlight Strips Colored Overlay Highlight Bookmarks

These bookmarks are perfect to use with kids who are skipping words or lines. The gray outer edges cover other text so your child can focus on the one line they are reading. They come in a variety of colors too. Some children prefer to have text highlighted in a particular color because it makes reading more comfortable for them by reducing eye strain! I am always amazed that this simple little trick can provide such relief to struggling readers!


Finger Focus Highlighters


These Finger Focus Highlighters are just what beginning readers need! These wearable highlighters are so fun for new readers learning to decode. It will help your child concentrate on one section of the text while processing the letters and sounds. Eliminate that overwhelming feeling of too much text on a page by having your child use these to narrow their focus as they read. This product also comes in a variety of colors.


Guided Reading Highlight Strips Colored Overlays

The idea behind color overlays is that they reduce visual stress, which can make the text easier to focus on and reading more comfortable for your child! There are 8 different colors that will allow your child to find the color that works best. These overlays have a line included on them, so it will also aid students who have difficulty tracking when reading. They are great for narrowing down a page of text and highlighting a specific section. Another easy and quick resource to assist your struggling reader.



If you have a beginning reader or a struggling reader, we definitely recommend trying these remarkable resources! If you are unsure if your child has a tracking issue, or maybe another type of reading issue, a visit to your optometrist can help you figure things out and get you pointed in the right direction.


And don't forget, we have plenty of other favorites from 30 years of experience....You will want to be sure to check out our other Favorite Friday picks!




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