In this special Reading Rockets video series, experts answer real questions from families about reading and how to support their children at home. COVID-19 has disrupted regular reading instruction for our K-3 kids. Families want to step in and help fill some of the gaps, but that can be challenging.
That's where Reading SOS comes in — the help you need, right now!
We're asking families to submit questions about how to help their striving readers. If you'd like to ask a question, please write to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Question: How do I help my child learn new words while we read aloud?
Question: How can I help my four-year-old learn more words?
Question: Should I be concerned if my child reads slowly?
- Reading for Meaning with Your Child (In English and Spanish)
- The Powerful Strategy to Help Your Child Understand What They Read (VIDEO: Read Charlotte)
- Turning Minds On While Reading: Why Asking Your Child Questions Transforms Comprehension (VIDEO: Read Charlotte)
- Fluency Matters (In English and Spanish)
Question: How can I encourage reading when it’s hard for my child?
- 10 Things You Can Do to Raise a Reader
- What Parents Can Do: Reading Tips from Kids
- Simple Practices to Nurture the Motivation to Read
- Finding the Right Book for Your Child (In English and Spanish)
- Finding and Sharing Great Kids' Books (In English and Spanish)
- Rediscover Your Public Library (In English and Spanish)
- Building Reading Stamina (In English and Spanish)
Question: Does my child, who is learning English, need special education?
- Why Reading to Your Kids in Your Home Language Will Help Them Become Better Readers (Colorín Colorado)
- Por qué leerles a sus hijos en español los ayudará a ser mejores lectores (Colorín Colorado)
Meet our experts
Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D., CCC/SLP, CDT, CALT, QI
Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan is a bilingual speech and language pathologist, certified dyslexia therapist, certified academic language therapist and qualified instructor. She is the President of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center in Brownsville, Texas and works with the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics at the University of Houston. Elsa has spent 20 years working with teams of researchers designing assessments and interventions for English learners who struggle with reading. Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan has written many scholarly articles, curricular programs, and book chapters related to the oracy and literacy development among English learners. She recently released a book entitled: Literacy Foundations for English Learners: A Comprehensive Guide to Evidence-Based Instruction. It is her hope that teachers will have the opportunity to learn evidence-based practices for teaching literacy to a diverse population of students.
Linda Farrell is a founding partner at Readsters, an Alexandria, VA-based firm that helps schools implement research-based reading instruction. She is committed to effective early reading instruction to help struggling readers become strong readers, and to ensure that strong readers achieve their full potential. Linda works in schools throughout the U.S., training and coaching teachers and modeling effective reading instruction. Linda is a former English teacher and she was a National LETRS trainer for seven years. She has co-authored assessments and curricula for teaching reading, as well as several other published works. Watch Linda in action in our video series, Looking at Reading Interventions.
Kegi Wells is the Coordinator of Professional Development for the Jackson area and the southern part of Mississippi at the Barksdale Reading Institute. Kegi has most recently served as Director of Curriculum and Instructional Management in the Quitman County School District. She began her career as a teacher at Crystal Springs Elementary School and later became the assistant principal at Crystal Springs Middle School. She then served as an instructional coach and later the principal at Madison S. Palmer High School in Marks, MS. Kegi received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, LA. She received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS.
Sandra Lloyd Wilborn
Sandra Wilborn is the coordinator for school readiness at the Barksdale Reading Institute, where she leads their Parent Academy and works on several early literacy initiatives. She is a retired Assistant Principal and has 31 years of educational experience in grades K-6. Sandra has been a National Board-Certified Teacher for 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Delta State University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Mississippi, and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University.