"It’s no surprise that children learn at different rates, and, according to some published research, only when they are ready. Other research stresses intrinsic rewards, differentiated curriculum, and motivation by personalizing lessons. However, the bottom line for many educators is that some children are slow to learn, but don’t have a learning deficiency." – Alan Hasvitz
Ideas to Help Reluctant Readers
- Keep reading aloud to your children. Often parents stop reading to their children around 2nd or 3rd grade, but most children actually enjoy continued bedtime reading throughout their elementary school years.
- Supply your child with comic books and other age-appropriate magazines.
- Provide a quiet place to read, where your student can be easily observed and encouraged.
- Add a variety of tasks to the learning even if they are not assigned, such as painting a picture of a reading assignment.
- Teach your child how to use a calendar to keep track of reading assignments.
- Do three things with a book besides reading it: explain it to someone else, draw a picture of it, and take notes on it.
- Have the child read the most difficult passages first and leave the easier ones to later.
- Take your child to exciting places where they can see academic success is important.
- Most children love to receive – and read – their own mail. Ask extended family members to send postcards or mail to your child.
- Include your child in home projects or cooking by reading the instructions or recipes aloud.
- Your child may be frustrated by a lack of reading readiness skills. Perhaps they missed an important decoding skill.
- Physical conditions such as a hearing or vision impairment; lack of adequate sleep, or nutritional needs can interfere with kids being able to concentrate and do their best at school.
- Children, like adults, appreciate some form of reward or recognition for their efforts. Set up a system of simple rewards for finishing reading goals with their best effort. However, use this for a limited time period (e.g., “For the next two months…) so that your child doesn’t become dependent on external rewards. After experiencing success, it is common for the sense of accomplishment and recognition to be a reward in itself.
Reluctant readers can become prolific readers and you can help them improve their reading skills today!