Getting Kids to Read and to Love Reading is Possible!!!
Studies show that children who develop a love of reading will be more likely to to be successful lifelong readers and learners. Independent reading seems to lead to the success of lifelong readers, but getting kids to read independently takes time. Although some children are born readers, for other children, It’s not easy getting those children to read and to love reading. Finding the right book takes time and patience. At first you may not be happy about your child’s reading choices, but eventually, they’ll find the “right book” which will get your child to read and to love reading!
To get kids to read independently seems easy to do, but for some children, it’s a struggle. There are several reasons why a child may not like to read, from just not finding the right book to lacking the reading skills to be a successful reader. To get kids to read when they don’t like to read is a real problem, but there’s always help available to analyze each child’s learning. Getting kids to read may take time, but it is possible!!!
The General Steps to Teach a Child to Read
I have been asked numerous times, “How do I get my child to read and to love reading.” There are many parts of reading instruction and there are several resources to guide you through the various elements of reading instruction. Your child’s teacher should be able to guide you to the areas of concern. Two main parts of reading are decoding and comprehension. Another part of the reading instruction is remembering and analyzing the story. And of course, you have to find the right book to get a child interested in reading!
These are just some of the steps your child’s teacher will take starting in kindergarten to ensure your child’s success in reading.
Oral Language – a child’s understanding of the structure of language.
Phonemic Awareness – a child being able to hear the sounds in words.
Letter recognition/Identification – when a child sees a letter, he/she should know recognize the letter and be able to identify it.
Letter/Sound Correspondence– a child needs to each letter and the sound that goes with that letter.
Sight Words – these are words that each child should practice so that they will know the immediately when they see them in their reading assignments.
Vocabulary – a child should know the meaning of words.
Comprehension – a child will also need to put the words and meanings together to read and to be able to understand what he/she is reading.
How to Select a Book: The five finger rule used to pick a “just-right” book:
Read the first page of the book and put a finger up for every word you don’t know.
- If you have 0 or 1 fingers up after reading the page, it’s too easy.
- If you have 2 or 3 fingers up after reading the page, it’s just right.
- If you have 4 fingers up after reading the page, it’s very challenging.
- If you have 5 or more fingers up after reading the page, it’s too hard.
There are also many games and other aids to help your child read. Your child’s teacher is your best resource and your child’s school may be able to help you with the materials needed to assist in your child’s reading progress. Reading Rockets is just one of the many websites that can suggest activities and resources for getting kids to read. There is an abundance of resources available to you!
And for the child who hasn’t entered kindergarten yet, it’s so important to get them ready for kindergarten and the experience of attending school and making sure that they are ready to read. The summer before they start their adventure into elementary school, there are a variety of ways to touch upon what is needed without them even realizing that you are preparing them for success! There are tons of easy and fun ways to get them prepared for kindergarten in each of the cognitive, physical, language and social/emotional developmental stages.
Purchase or make a “reading” tent in your home!
Wear special fake glasses while you read!
Copy the words to a song and sing it!
Use a flashlight to focus on words as they’re being read!
Use a magnifying glass to focus on words as they’re being read!
Have a turn off the tv and read night, game night, movie night, etc.
Make a bookmark or other craft to promote reading.
Mix it up sometimes when you’re reading with your child:
Read the pages at the same time.
You read one page and they read the next.
Find a new spot in the house or outside to read.
Have your child read to your pet.
Have your child read to a stuffed animal.
Have your child read to a family member or friend.
Make a craft connected to the story their reading.
More Ways to Get Your Child to Read
Read Different Books:
Recipes from recipe books or magazines
Read Using Different Types of Devices
1.Visit your Public Library. Have your child explore different genres or types of books. Many times libraries have a story time for your child to attend!
2. Also, visit a Book Store and have your child explore. Many times bookstores also have story hours for your child to attend.
3. Be a Role Model for your child. Have them see you enjoy reading.
4. Read every single day with your child!
My Reading Challenge
A child needs choice in their reading selection and a choice of when or where to read. We’re always looking for ideas to get a child to read more and with all the distractions of video games, the internet, and phones, your child loses sight of the fact that reading is essential!!! I created this challenge to motivate your child (and even the most reluctant reader) to read more and it is my hope that it works! You can create incentives to go along with this list, make it a competition, etc. This challenge has two columns – What to Read and Who/What to Read to and a Reading place.
Every child is different so you know better than I what would work to motivate your child to read more. I’ve noticed at school, a child seems to prefer quick incentives as they lose their enthusiasm quickly! If you’d like a different reading list, just send me a message. For more ideas on how to use this challenge, click here. Also, if you’d like the Google Document of the reading challenge list, please either leave me a comment below with your email address or email me at email@example.com.
Here are a few other ways to get your kid Reading, click here for even more ideas!
The Reading Lesson is a program that teaches young children to read in 20 easy lessons. It is designed as a step-by-step course for parents who want to teach their young children to read at home. The teaching method is based on phonics and key-word recognition, and with its innovative and guided approach, the 20 step-by-step lessons provide an easy-to-follow recipe for teaching children to read.
Sight Word Readers is a set of 25 little books that teach 50 of the most frequently used words in print! Kids will love these playful stories they can read all by themselves. Each story builds reading skills and confidence. Also included is a mini-workbook filled with easy how-to’s, fun activities, and write-and-learn pages to give kids practice writing the words too. For use with Grades PreK-1.
Getting kids to read and to love reading is not a simple task, and it takes a different amount of time for each child. You could have one child who loves to read and the other who’d rather do anything else but read – just give it time – be patient as there are lots of resources available to you.
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