Some kids are reluctant readers. They just don’t want to read. For parents who are avid readers, this is disappointing, and we try everything to get our kids to love it like we do. A recent New York Times blog post by Denise Schipani, When a Book Lover’s Son Won’t Read, explains in detail what can happen when our kids don’t meet our reading fantasies for them. Kids are intuitive, and they can pick up on the fact that they are not meeting our expectations. We can extinguish their desire to read, even as we are trying to fan the flame.
But don’t despair, there are things that we can do as parents that can show our kids that reading can be so much fun that they may not even realize they are reading! Our website offers many different ideas that help parents to get their kids excited about reading. Perhaps our most important tip is to involve the kids in the selection of the reading material. We also encourage parents to keep an open mind about allowing the children to select from a variety of genres. Graphic novels are great!
1. MadLibs – In the article Get Your Child to Have Fun Reading, one suggestion is Mad Libs. Everyone remembers the fill in the blank stories that have everyone giggling or groaning as the story is read aloud. It is a great family activity for rainy afternoons or long car trips that get everyone interacting to have fun, and it happens to involve a book.
2. I Spy –The I Spy book series, by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick, has the kids search for objects hidden in colorful pictures based on the rhyming text on each page. This provides a more interactive experience. They come in different reading levels so kids of all ages can enjoy them.
3. Joke Books – Kids love to laugh, so joke books are a good bet, too. Again, these books can provide the opportunity for interaction between the parent and child or the child and their peers, telling and re-telling the jokes.
When reading becomes less of a chore, it is possible that even the reading they are assigned to do for school won’t be a chore, so helping your child with reading will be a more positive experience. The READS Parent/Child Reading Comprehension System offers down to earth tips for parents to help with reading, and it works with every type of reading material at any reading level.
Do you have a reluctant reader? Have you found tips that help make reading fun? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.