“But mom, I don’t like to read!” If you hear these words from your child, here are tips for working with a reluctant reader. Soon you’ll hear, “I can’t wait to read!”
- Keep books everywhere! Keep lots of books in your car, in your bag, in rooms throughout the house. They WILL pick them up.
- Let them see you read. Read the newspaper or the back of cereal boxes when drinking your morning coffee. Rather than turning on the TV or playing on your phone, pick up a book or magazine.
- Make reading a part of your nighttime routine. Let them fall asleep reading books. Get them a nightlight to make it fun!
- Read aloud to your child. Make it a family event. Take time every now and then as you read to discuss what’s going on in the story and what they’re thinking. This is a great time to read the more challenging books that they’re interested in! Make it fun by creating a cozy nook! Use silly voices and big movements.
- Let them pick their own books. If they love dinosaurs, let them pick out books about dinosaurs. If the books are too difficult, read the books to them. If they can choose the book, they will read it. If you choose the books, they might not.
- Let them reread books that they already know and are successful with. The more a child rereads a book, the more confident they become. Don’t worry about the level.
- Read different ways. You can read online, on IPods, CDs (books on tape), magazines, graphic novels, and traditional books.
- If there is an author they like, have them check out their websites. Lots of authors have websites or apps. Here is a great one: http://www.pigeonpresents.com/
- Make going to the library or the bookstore a part of your routine.
- Get your child involved in a book club – even if it’s just with you. Maybe there is a great movie coming out that is based on a book – if your child wants to see the movie, read the book together first and have conversations around the book as you read.
The four most important words:
“I thought of you…” can work miracles in the life of a disengaged reader.
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