Integrating Reading Into Everyday Life for Reluctant Readers
Try these tips to build language skills in ways that hardly seem like reading.
Hover over each Learning Benefit below for a detailed explanation.
Attention and Focus
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.
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 shows and movies that she already watches.
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.
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.
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.
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, figure out how they are spelled, and rearrange the letters within them.