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10 Reading Strategies To Encourage Your Child To Read

on March 1, 2012

Tomorrow is Read Across America as well as Dr. Seuss’s birthday.  I have been focusing on reading this entire week in my blog.  Reading is vital to our success in all things.  Even if your children aren’t going to be librarians or English teachers, which are great career choices by the way, they still need to be able to read job applications, directions, and medicine bottles.  However, we know not everyone likes to read.  So, here are 10 fun ways to encourage your child to read.

  1. Read Everywhere — not all kids do their best reading in their bedrooms. The isolation of being alone in a room can be too distracting.  Try the kitchen table while you prepare dinner.  They can read to you while you cook.  Maybe the living room or create a reading nook with pillows and baskets of books. Experiment.
  2. Reward Reading –  Set a goal with your child to read a certain number of books a week or over the summer.  Draw a goal chart maybe in the form of a thermometer.  Track your child’s progress and then once they have reached the goal reward them.
  3. Label The HouseIf your child is a beginning reader, take a trip around the house and as they name items, you write the name on a sticky note and attach it.  Then everyday the child moves around the house they are surrounded by words.  A few times a week walk around the house and help them read the words.  It is a super simple way of increasing sight words.
  4. Family Reading Time — Set aside 20 minutes twice a week when the entire family reads.  Read anything mail, books, magazines, or catalogs — to show that reading is a necessary skill for everyone.
  5. Read Aloud To Your Child — Reading children’s books are great, but I would encourage you to read above the child’s level.  For example, FaFa is a beginning reader, but I am reading Charlotte’s Web to her.  Then I ask her questions about the text which develops her high-level thinking skills that she can apply to her own books.  Take this a step further and take turns reading to your child — mom one night, dad one night, and older sibling one night.  It brings a variety of perspectives to a text and shows that everyone needs to read.
  6. Explore The Library — The library in my town is a happening place.  They have wonderful books and magazines of course, but they also have the internet, books on tapes, movies, educational toys, and special events.  Let your child discover that the library isn’t a stuffy place where nerds hang out, but instead it is an exciting place full of options.
  7. Flashcards — This is a tried and true method.  I created 10 packs of 10 cards each with the most common sight words that children need to know.  Then we work on a pack for however long it takes Fa to memorize those word.  Then we add another pack of 10 to it.  She loves to see how many words she can do at a time.  We practice with flashcards 5 times a week.  Flashcards are also a great study tool for other subjects!!
  8. Music To Read By — I am in the process of writing a grant to use music in  my English classroom.  We all love music!  Some kids benefit from listening to music when reading such as jazz, classical, and even folk can provide consistent, rhythmic background noise that can enhance some children’s concentration skills.  Go a step further and have your child read the verses to their favorite popular songs.  They won’t even realize that they are reading!!
  9. Use Your TV — Sometimes it is hard to prey our children away from their favorite TV shows.  Instead, make them read their TV shows!!  Check your television controls for a “Closed Captioning” button.  If your set doesn’t have one, try pressing the “Mute” button; some sets defer to captioning when the mute function is on.  Once the captioning is scrolling across the bottom they can read!!
  10. Pen Pals — All kids love getting mail.  Recruit family members or friends near or far to write or email letters to your child on a regular basis.  Ask the letter writer to include lots of questins for your child to answer: what was the best thing that happened to you this week?  How is the family pet doing?  Have you read any good books lately –what were they about?  Ask your child to read the letter to you out loud and encourage them to respond within a week’s time.

Our schools can do a lot to educate our children, but it remains our responsibilities as parents to make sure that our child has all of the necessary skills to be successful in life.  Reading is vital and I hope you can put in use at least one of these suggestions.  Let me know how it goes or if you have other suggestions!!


11 responses to “10 Reading Strategies To Encourage Your Child To Read

  1. katejohns says:

    Good ideas. Are you a reading teacher?

  2. Great post. I’ve tried most of these tactics if not all of them. Luckily my child inherited the nerd gene from me so he doesn’t need encouragement to read. I could see this info benefitting some of the ‘adults’ around me who aren’t as enthused about reading as they should be.

  3. Caroline says:

    Great reading ideas! As a teacher, I can tell which students have a solid reading background at home with family. There’s only so much that school can do to teach children to read. I’ve been enjoying your Dr. Seuss posts. 🙂

  4. daddyranman says:

    Whoa, solid ideas. I agree with one of the other comments- this will also encourage some of the adults to read more in the house. Like me.

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