My daughter Lily-rain LOVES to read But even she sometimes needs motivation to read on a regular basis. Some kids cannot stand to read at all and may say that reading is too hard or too boring.
Here are some tips for your young kids to read whether it is to get them to begin reading or to get them to read more!
1.Make time for reading. If you and your children have super booked schedules and reading is pushed between music lessons and karate reading may seem like a stressful and unwanted chore.
Allow reading to be a relaxing and enjoyable time together. Even just half an hour where it isn’t rushed to get to the next appointment is great!
2.Look for a variety of reading material.Kids often are drawn to the fiction shelves in the library, but don’t stop there! Fiction book are terrific however. There’s everything from easy readers to chapter books that have hundreds of pages. My daughter’s personal favorite is goosebumps although she cannot read it by herself yet we take turns reading them. There are many other genres to consider.Picture books-yes even for older kids—can be sentimental favorites. Joke books, cookbooks, how-to books, graphic novels, and biographies are all great non-fiction possibilities. And kids magazines can be a great out-of-the-box way to encourage a child to read.
3. Make sure the material isn’t beyond your kids reading abilities. The interest may be there, but if the book is hard to read, your child’s motivation may dwindle. With that said trying to find a balance between something that is challenging and interesting enough without being so pass their ability is the goal. Try different “levels books” to get an idea of where they are at or just let them try what they find most interesting.
4. Set aside a regular read out loud timewith your child! Reading aloud helps your child develop an interest in reading. The younger you start The more likely they will develop a love of books and reading. Choose a variety literature that appeals to your child’s age and interests. Don’t abandon read-aloud time when your children get older. Even kids who know how to read can still enjoy the togetherness of being read to or take turns reading a book as Lily-rain & I do. Don’t forget about audio books either! They can offer another great option for a reluctant reader. Plus it’s something that can be listened to in the car while in between appointments or activities.
5. Read to younger brother or sister! Have your reluctant reader read easy picture books to younger siblings. This provides terrific practice yet it doesn’t feel like work and won’t be so overwhelming that they want to give up. Plus they may love the fact that they are helping with their little sibling! Lily-rain really likes reading to her baby sister Leilani because she wants to help & enjoys doing things with “her” baby. She’s learning too but doesn’t know it 😁😄💚
6. Let humor or horror work magic! Select a funny or horror (something your kids loves!)book at your child’s reading level and read the first chapter aloud. Then stop reading. If your child wants to find out what happens next, she’ll have to read it herself! 😜
7.Provide access to books. Use your public library,visit new or used book sales/books for sale area at the library. Create a home library,attend book swaps. Keep books accessible. When your child decides he wants to read, you want to be sure there’s a book right there! We go to book swaps a couple times a year on our island. It keeps it interesting! She will pick out book she doesn’t want and gets excited to trade them for books she does want.
8. Exhibit a love of reading. When your kids observe you reading and enjoying it they will likely develop a love of reading themselves. 📚📙📘📑
9. Watch the movie first
I know a lot of people prefer the books over the movies.
However for someone who doesn’t enjoy reading or is the reluctant to even try to read watching the movie first may be a good idea then you can read the book and see how different it is from the movie
Any tips for helping reluctant readers to read more?