10 Strategies to Encourage your Reluctant Reader this Summer
Have your child read 30 minutes a night. For some families this is a no brainer, their child reads so much they have to ask them to stop. For others it requires some scheduling and encouragement and it gets done. For at least 20% of parents whose child has difficulty reading, they might still be recovering from the last time they tried to enforce this. For those 20%, here are some ways to encourage reading without resorting to force:
- Let your child see you reading. A book. Made of paper.
- Use the Premack principle. For every minute your child reads, they get a desired activity of their choice. This could be something they already do such as use a tablet, watch a TV show, or play a game with you.
- Turn on the subtitles!
- Print out your child’s favorite song lyrics and make a book. Research shows repeated readings builds fluency.
- Create a print rich environment. Use blue painter’s tape to label the house. Chair. Bureau. Refrigerator. If they are having fun add adjectives. Transparent window. Cozy bed.
- Play games that require reading. Codenames. Scrabble. Bananagrams.
- Write them a long letter and mail it to the house. Ask your friends and family to do the same. Encourage your child to write back.
- Use alternatives to chapter books: magazines, comic books, poetry, scripts, game manuals etc.
- Ensure your child is able to find books at their level without judgement. Have them read a page to you and follow this guide:
0–1 words they don’t know=too easy
2–3 words they don’t know=just right
4–5 words they don’t know=challenging
5 or more words they don’t know=read it aloud to them
10. Allow them to write freely. Let go of the worry about spelling. Encourage them to write posters, letters, games, comics, recipes, menus etc.