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I know that there are kids (and adults) out there, who don’t like to read and those who struggle to read. It’s not because they aren’t smart, because trust me, my younger brother who had trouble reading was a math wiz! He’d out beat me all the time. (Quite frustrating when you are of a competitive spirit…) My mom would give a verbal math quizzes (flash cards) and my brother and I tried to beat each other by blurting out the correct answers. He won the vast majority of the time, but those tiny victories of being able to shout out the right answer before my brother was very sweet, though the occasions were few and far between.
After a few years, my brother has grown into a good reader. He actually reads quite often. I mean, more often than you would think a “book-hater” would read, but then again, he isn’t reading books…
Tips to Get Your Kids Reading:
- Let them find their own books and reading materials – I’ve learned from my brothers, and even with myself, reading books/materials that is not within my interest makes reading tiresome and boring. When my brother started to read, it was books of his interest! (Field guides about animals and reptiles, fishing, hunting, guns, sports, and most recently, golf). That was the only way he would read and because of that, he is very knowledgeable in those areas of interest. I enjoy fiction, history, and classics. Let them find what interests them!
- If they are reading things, even if it isn’t a “book”, count it as reading – We got my brother a magazine subscription to Golf Digest and he has read it front and back, back and front! Almost every time I walk into his room he is is looking and reading one of them. My other brother LOVES reading joke books.
- Read with them – My mom has always done this with us until she felt comfortable with our reading ability. She would make sure that we could understand what we were reading and be able to retain it. A lot of training, but in the end it is worth it!
- Remember, if you’re kid is seven and isn’t reading yet, don’t stress! – I wasn’t reading until I was eight, and my friend, who is an amazing literary guy, didn’t read until he was nine! Some kids read early, while others don’t. Just stay on top of your kid, by putting books in front of them, reading to them and with them, and eventually it’ll just click!
- Practice makes perfect – I can’t tell you how many times my mom would say this to me. Every time I’d fail at my school work and I’d get frustrated because I just couldn’t get it, she’d always tell me “Practice makes perfect.”
- Challenge them – Summer is a perfect time to challenge your children with reading. Join some summer reading contests or make your own. Make them want to compete.
- Reward them – What good is a challenge if there isn’t something to go after when completed? My mom use to challenge us to read x-number about of books to earn $5 or $10. What kid does not what to make some money? Some local libraries run summer reading challenges and offer some kind of drawing for a reward.
- And last, but not least…praise them – No challenge or reward is more important than the praise and excitement from the parents. From the time we could understand, children look forward to those moments when you clap and exclaim your happiness about their successes.
I hope these tips help you get your kids reading!
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