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Quick Click: Integrating Reading into Everyday Life for Reluctant Readers

Making reading and language activities a part of everyday life is especially important in motivating reluctant readers, who often see reading as a chore. Try these tips to build language skills in ways that hardly seem like reading.

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Read Funny Favorites
Share comics, articles, jokes, and stories that make you laugh with your child. Read them aloud during breakfast or make it an after-school ritual. Ask him to tell you his funny anecdotes. Write them down or start a scrapbook of humor that he will smile to read.

 

Based on the Book... or the Movie
It is great to give your child the book of a movie she liked, but also encourage reading by giving her books based on TV and movies that she already watches. From the Powerpuff Girls to Yu-Gi-Oh!, many shows have activity books and comics she will enjoy.

Books a Plenty
Make sure that there are books available to your child in every room of the house and everywhere he goes, from having magazines in the car to bringing a comic book for him to read while waiting on line. He might not read them, but if he's bored, he just might thumb through a book if it's readily available.

Open the Closed Captions
Why not put words on the screen when the tube is on? It may help your child connect written words with spoken words. You can also make a game of catching errors in the captions, which happens more often than you might think.

Read in Public
Let your child see that you like to read for fun. It's important to show that you enjoy reading and make time for it if you expect her to believe that reading is a fun fundamental.

Talk About TV and Movies
Encourage your child to tell you about the shows he watched. Have him retell the plot and describe the characters to build his sense of narrative, story, and general comprehension skills. You can also write a review or summary of the programs together.

Interactive Is Interesting
Use the Internet with your child to explore a subject she enjoys. Try to find sites that include fun graphics or games and aren't too text-heavy. Just reading the directions for games and learning how to navigate will build her ability to follow directions and show her a practical and engaging use for developing reading skills.

Get a Subscription
Kids enjoy getting mail, and a subscription to kids' magazine will give him something to look forward to every month that is his. The idea that the magazine is just for him makes it more appealing to read.

Go to Story Hours, Readings, and Plays
Show her that a lot of kids and adults enjoy books by going to readings and story hours at your local library or bookstore. Plays are especially great, since they are a form of literature designed not to be read, but to be seen.

Introduce Pig Latin
Make learning a new language a fun experience by teaching your child to speak in Pig Latin. The idea of talking in code is appealing, and will actually develop your child's ability to mentally picture words, how they are spelled, and rearrange the letters within them.

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