As a teacher who specializes in reading, the first thing I always try to do is empower parents. I want to give parents tools to help their child achieve this one superpower, because it is through reading that most knowledge is gained. I recognize that as a specialist I get one to two hours with a student one-on-one each week - that is nothing in comparison to the parent! Therefore, my first job is to help you help your student. And since I've been talking so much about the importance of reading I thought I'd give you some awesome tools to accomplish this! Here is the first thing you need to know:
If you can read well, you can teach reading. How?
Begin with phonics and sight words.
Every letter or combination of letters make a sound. If a child comes to you with an unknown word do not give them the answer! Give them the tools to learn how to decode it on their own. Here are some resources that I use or that trusted individuals I know have used:
Phonics Pathways by Dolores Hiskes
The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise and Sara Buffington