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Jun 10

Summer Reading Tips For Reluctant Readers

Summer Reading book kit | http://whenigrowupbooks.com/books/

Book Kit by Not Consumed

Know any reluctant readers? We thought so. Most of us do. Some children face learning difficulties that make reading more challenging; others are just not interested. But reading is the key to a joyful life in which one has maximum opportunity to grow, learn, explore, and thrive. You know this; but you’re sadly used to hearing “But I HAAATE TO READ!” every time you make the suggestion to pick up a book. If that’s the case, and reading is a real challenge in your home, we highly suggest thorough testing with your community school or literary support organization to make sure there are no underlying issues. After that, we hope these summer reading tips for reluctant readers will make the next few months (years) more enjoyable for you and your kiddo(s).

  • First, connect with your child’s passion or dreams. Surprise your hesitant reader with a beautifully wrapped new book about scuba diving, becoming a firefighter, traveling to Africa on safari, building the tallest building in the world. A subscription to a subject specific magazine can be a great gift too. Put your child’s name on it so that when it arrives every week, or month, it is clearly a gift coming in the mail for your youngster.
  • Look for variety. Sometimes the thought  of a book can be intimidating but cartoons, song lyrics, athlete bios, video game instructions….they all count as reading.
  • Create a summer reading book kit, as Not Consumed shares in this creative blog post (photo above).
  • Read TO your kids. Read books to your child that are appropriate to his or her interest level. Maybe he’s reading at a 2nd Grade level, but he’s interested in 5th Grade level subjects. Help him open that door of imagination by cuddling up and doing the reading for him while he follows along. In fact, keep reading to your kids as long as they’ll let you. Just because they no longer need your help, occasionally reading to them illustrates how much you your self value reading. Reading books concurrently gives parents something to talk about with their kids too.
  • Create a book nook.
  • Introduce series books. There’s something magical about being able to form a relationship with a character and “go” with him or her into adventure after adventure.
  • Be an inspiring literary model. Kids emulate that which they see so regularly opt for real books rather then just watching tv or reading grocery store aisle magazines (come on, you know what we’re talking about).
  • Use books to learn new skills. Show your child that books can help one pick up cooking, car repair, learning to skate board, surf, build a tree house, etc. etc.
  • Don’t forget your local library. Magic is waiting to be found on the library shelves. As well, librarians are an excellent source of information and can usually tell you exactly what book or series is popular at any given moment.
  • Lastly, check out our When I Grow Up I Want To Be… series of books. Firefighters, teachers, and more…

Do you have any helpful tips? We’d love to hear what works for your family. Please share in the Comments section below or on our FB page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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