- May avoid reading
- Negative attitude towards reading
- Identifies him/herself as a poor reader
- Fails to see value in reading
- Difficulty with reading processes
- Lacks encouragement
- Lacks the ability to read strategically
But never fear! There are a few ways I would recommend engaging your reader:
- Provide many opportunities for your reader to attend the library and/or bookstores. Allow time to browse and immerse himself in books.
- Always, always, always provide your child with choice when choosing books. Even if you think the book is not at his/her reading level. Providing choice allows your child to feel in control of something and may provide a spark that ignites a love for reading!
- Provide book talks for your child. Find two books that you think he/she will like. Read them and then talk them up to your child. SELL them! Then let him/her choose which one he/she would like to read.
- Sneak strategy lessons into your read alouds.
- Provide opportunities for your child to debrief after reading the book. Discuss the book with your child. Make sure you have read it first! Provide opportunities for hands-on activities related to the book, nothing major, and certainly not book-report like, but a little project that can be completed after the book to extend understanding.
- Ask your child to keep a journal of books he/she reads. Your child should list the titles of the books and one or two things he liked or disliked about the book. Encourage your child to understand that it’s ok if he/she abandons a book. There are many times as adults that we abandon books without second thought. There is a book out there for everyone, that particular one just might not be right for your child.
- Most importantly, read to your child every day (even when they are in middle school!). And make sure your child continues to see you and your family reading.
It is my hope that every child will grow up to be a reader and it hurts my heart when children struggle with reading. I hope that one or two of these ideas may help your reluctant reader.
Do you have innovative ways to encourage kids (specifically reluctant readers) to read? I would love to hear them!
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