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Teaching reading in todayís elementary schools is usually all about reading comprehension
Most students in elementary school if they have been taught phonics should be able to read. But they donít always understand what they are reading. They know the mechanics of reading but they need more experience in what the words and sentences mean.
The best thing you can do is buy your child a childís dictionary so she can look up the words by herself.
If you are a teacher try and set up a buddy system by pairing up a good reader with a not so good reader and see if this works.
If you have class groups in the classroom use a competition that states the group that can improve the reading ability of the lower students is the winner. Donít always encourage the top students. Try to encourage the top students to help the not so good students. Most students love showing how good they are so use them to help other problem students.
For more information about phonics courses I recommend including a Montessori course see our Teach Reading page.