Main Article Content
The right to knowledge is the right of all people, including children with special needs, such as mentally retarded children. As with normal children, for retarded children, reading is very important in studying subject matters. This classroom action research has several main objectives, namely describing the use of the iqra method in improving reading skills, increasing children's motivation in learning, generating self- confidence in children, developing aspects of child development: thinking skills, focusing, motivation, interest, concentration and increasing teacher professionalism in teaching. The research method used was classroom action research to improve reading skills using the "iqra" method for mild mentally retarded children at SLB-C Sukapura, Bandung. The results obtained were that there was a good increase in their reading skills. This shows that the method of "Iqra" can improve the ability of mild mentally retarded children in beginning reading.