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Quick Click: 6 Hands on Activities for Reluctant Readers

Got a reluctant reader? Rather than battling over books, try a few of these activities together to make reading less of a chore.

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  • Word searches.  Improve recognition by hunting for words in a jumble.  For an added challenge, have him define each of the words in the word bank.
  • Word of the day.  Teach your child a new word every day.  Define the word and encourage her to use it in a sentence throughout the day.
  • Listen to audio books.  Reading may not appeal, but chances are your child still enjoys a story.  Find one that will appeal to your child and is above his reading level.  Discuss plot and characters to test comprehension.
  • Make flashcards.  This is an opportunity to play to your child’s strengths while playing a game.  Make up flashcards using different vocabulary words.  If your child is artistic, she can draw what’s written on the card.  If she’s dramatic, she can act it out.  A memory game can also be made to match a word on the card to a definition written on another card.
  • Mad Libs.  A perfect opportunity for you child to get creative and silly while thinking about sentence structure and how to tell a complete story.
  • Scavenger hunts.  Kids can burn off energy looking for clues, but will have to read the descriptions first.

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