Easy Ideas for Getting Kids to Read More

You know it’s important for your child’s future to have him read as much as possible. But what should you do if your child is a reluctant reader?

1 Create a reading environment: Research on academic achievement suggests that students who experience the biggest declines over summer break have the fewest books at home. Unfortunately, these declines tend to persist even once school has resumed.

2 Find the right books: You are your kids’ most important librarian. Get advice on popular titles, especially those in a series. The right books have to be at the right reading level for your child.

3 Buy an eReader: Printed books still form the majority of books kids read. However, kids appreciate the novelty of digital books and some of their unique features

4 Sign up for a reading incentive program or create your own: The critics of reading incentive programs say that reading is a reward in itself. But when it comes to unmotivated readers, rewarding reading is that’s what it takes.

5 Allow reading in lieu of other activities: Give your kids alternatives that encourage reading. Ask them to complete a dull worksheet or read; require either reading or an extra chore.

6 Read yourself: Make sure your kids see you reading or hear you talk about it. Encourage your spouse to model reading, too.

7 Listen to audio books: Audio books count as reading! It’s easy to get more reading time in by listening to books in the car and at bedtime. You can also have audio book family time when you’re not traveling.

8 Make time for online reading: Young kids shouldn’t be reading online unsupervised. The problem with that is that it requires your time. That means the best way to make it happen is to schedule it.

9 Find purposeful nonfiction: Kids will read when they really want or need the information. What is your child into? Find a book, magazine, or website that provides information on that topic.

10 Read out loud: Just like audio books, books that you read to your child count as reading. Many kids who aren’t yet fluent readers appreciate the speed and accuracy of a parent’s reading. Have your child sit next to you as you read for even more skill building.

11 Have kids read to you: Even excellent readers need plenty of practice reading out loud. Practice helps prevent anxiety over reading in public, improves fluency, and teaches correct pronunciation

12 Have kids read to younger children: Having kids read to younger siblings or other kids offers the same benefits as reading to you, with the added benefits of building a child’s confidence and encouraging story telling.

Source: Saner HomeSchooling & Living