Reading Tutoring for Fourth Grade Students

By fourth grade, your child will be reading chapter books in school. Your son or daughter will be able to summarize a plot's problem and solution. Reluctant readers may need encouragement and after-school help to bridge the gap from learning to read to reading comprehension. A tutor can help foster your fourth grader's confidence and interest in reading.

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One-On-One Tutors

You may be considering hiring a professional tutor to help your low-performing reader. A private tutor can give your child individual attention, whether through live online or in-person sessions. Programs can be customized to your child's class work in consultation with you and your fourth grader's teacher. Some programs only hire certified teachers and conduct regular staff evaluations to ensure quality services.

Community Volunteer Tutoring Programs

A program run by volunteers is most effective when a certified educator oversees it - giving tutors training, supervision and professional guidance. Some corporations, public libraries and community organizations have partnered with schools to create mentorship programs free of charge or at the cost of materials. Your child may benefit from the help of a community member or older student who provides tutoring at the school or local outreach facility. Help with language arts homework for 35-45 minutes at least twice a week can make a difference in your fourth grader's reading comprehension skills.

Home Learning

Consider tutoring your child yourself or creating a reading-friendly atmosphere at home. Read for fun, letting your child choose the materials without the pressures of grades or other students around. Set aside a time or special place for after-school reading, ask your child questions about what he or she is reading and make frequent trips to the library together.

In an effort to prevent the loss of reading skills during school vacations, you can read chapter books and short stories aloud with your child or schedule time to read silently as a family. Take turns reading and read in unison to help improve pronunciation and expressive reading. Your kids might be interested in reading a story that takes place near your vacation destination if you're spending break away from home. You might take along a book about a family's adventures on summer vacation, like Judy Blume's Fudge-a-Mania.

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