Have a reluctant reader or a child who struggles with reading (or maybe a child who is a great reader, but would rather play games than read?) Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to make reading fun and to hopefully help create a life-long love of reading for your child.
I love to read. Given the choice of a TV show or movie, versus the book version, I always choose the book! Before I actually had kids, I would imagine how great it was going to be when my kids were old enough to share books and read together.
Ha! Little did I know how much work would be needed to get my kids reading and loving it, especially with my “reluctant” reader. With the help of our school, other educational reading programs and our daily reading, we are getting my missy’s reading on track and now I can focus on developing everyone’s enjoyment of reading.
Here are a few tips to help make reading fun for you and your little guys: (Plus a big thanks to Scholastic and EVEREADY® for teaming up with me on this project!)
1. Make your daily reading time a relaxed, fun activity.
We have a small space in the playroom behind the couch. I thought this would be perfect for a secret reading nook. I moved the couch forward another couple of feet and added fluffy blankets and pillows and then added a bed sheet from the window to the couch to make a tent. (I attached the sheet to the windowsill with clamps from the hardware store and tucked the other edge of the sheet behind the pillows.)
They absolutely love this and there’s even a spot for me! (Just outside the tent.)
Our routine is: home from school, snack time, reading time, then homework and then free time. Establishing a regular reading routine will help build the reading habit.
3. Plan fun activities around reading.
4. Let your child pick which books to read.
They are more likely to read if it is a topic they are interested in. Definitely, try to steer them towards books that are at the right level. (Here is a great list of books from Scholastic that you can sort by age/grade level.
5. Take turns reading aloud.
To keep my daughter interested in a longer book, (or book with more words than pictures) we take turns reading pages. We also will read some pages together. (Both of us out loud, at the same time.) I can time my words with hers, so she’s actually reading the words first, but if she struggles with a word, I’ll read it and she’ll say it too.
6. Find science project, craft or recipe books geared to kids.
Let the kids read through the projects/recipes and choose one. Then do the project!
7. Keep books and magazines in the car for road trips.
(For longer trips, I will alternate books/tablets.)
8. Let them create a library.
Get a bookshelf for their room and start collecting books.
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9. Create a reward system.
Create a reward system that works for your family. It could be as simple as a paper chart, where you could add stickers for every 15 to 20 minutes of reading and after so many stickers, earn a reward.
10. Eliminate distractions such as TV, tablets, toys and phones.
I have an app installed on our tablets which will limit games/video time, but will allow unlimited reading time.
I would love to hear what works for you to keep your little readers motivated and happy! Leave a comment below.
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