Tips #1 to 3 for Helping Kids Become More Excited about Reading 

 #1 April 6, 2021

 

Tip #1 for Helping Kids Become More Excited about Reading 

 

Many kids don’t value reading and don’t choose to read unless they are ordered to do so by a teacher or parent. To make reading a bigger priority, there are a few things parents can do to change young mindsets. 

 

TIP #1 Act interested (or impressed)

 

Act interested and start a dialogue. Involve other adults if possible. Start the conversation about a current book or article being read by your child in a casual setting such as the dinner table or during a car ride. If the adults act interested and ask questions, the child just might be inclined to visit the book to relay the next plot points. As much as it is nice to ask a child to tell you about what they are reading, kids are smart. They can spot a phony question a mile away. You need to not only act interested but actually be interested even if the book is not considered to be high-quality children’s literature.

 

MOM :“Hey! Joel is reading a new fantasy novel. What’s it about so far, Joel?”  

 

JOEL: (describes plot)

 

Dad: That sounds like a strange story. I don’t think I’ve ever read it. Do you think the character, Sticks, will get away from the warrior robot? From the way you described what’s happened so far, it sounds as though he’ll escape.”

 

Mom: I don’t agree. The warrior robot sounds too dangerous. I think Sticks will wait to be rescued. It’s the sensible thing to do. 

 

Dad: “Your mom and I should bet on it. I can’t wait to hear what happens next. After you read the next part, will you tell us? If I’m right, Mom will have to do the dishes for a week instead of me.”

 

Acting impressed about your child’s reading efforts is another way you can help your child to be a bit more enthusiastic about reading. Celebrate success when chapters are finished and show off! Make a point of bragging to Granny or a family friend within earshot of your child. Ask your child to read a short passage electronically to friends or family. If your child does this, however, it’s a good idea to practice it a few times to ensure it is a smooth and impressive reading. Since rereading is great fluency practice, this is a “doubly” good idea. 

 

Many kids don’t value reading and don’t choose to read unless they are ordered to do so by a teacher or parent. In order to make reading a bigger priority, there are a few things parents can do to change young mindsets. 

#2  April 13, 2021

Tip #2 for Helping Kids Become More Excited about Reading 

 

Many kids don’t value reading and don’t choose to read unless they are ordered to do so by a teacher or parent. In order to make reading a bigger priority, there are a few things parents can do to change young mindsets. 

 

Model the importance of reading. Your kids should see you read and hear you mentioning the fact you are reading. You don’t have to share the actual content, but chat about the books, magazines, and articles you are reading in general terms. 

 

Mom: I just read the most interesting article in the newspaper about the newest kind of technology they invented to predict storms. The science reporter, Joe Peterson, finds pretty interesting things to write about each week. I like reading his reports.

 

Dad: I’m reading a historical book set in the 1800’s. It is incredible that two hundred years ago, they didn’t have electricity or cars. 

 

 If there are other adults in the household, make sure that every one of them models reading as well. Display reading material around the house. Electronic books are the norm these days, but you need to let your kids know you are an avid reader, and do not simply read captions on social media. Mention that you just read a fascinating article about the upcoming solar eclipse, or an interesting novel. You can’t expect children to read for enjoyment if you don’t.

 

 #3 April 20,2021 

 

Tip #3 for Helping Kids Become More Excited about Reading 

 

Many kids don’t value reading and don’t choose to read unless they are ordered to do so by a teacher or parent. To make reading a bigger priority, there are a few things parents can do to change young mindsets

 

Give your child the opportunity to “shop” for new reading material. Bookstores and libraries are problematic right now, but how about online shopping? There are tons of free books available for download. Letting your child choose. Books make great birthday and holiday gifts.

 

Mom: Oh look! There are some free e-books we can download for free. Look and see what looks interesting!

 

Dad: If you see something else that is for sale, make a wish list. Your birthday is coming up. 

 

but if your child isn’t buying in, dig deeper.

When your child resists or doesn’t seem to successfully read and understand what they are reading, do some investigative work to find out what the issue is. Is it a lack of interest? It could be a fluency or problem with reading the words, issue slowing down your child to the point of hurting comprehension. For these issues, check out my new book How to Analyze and Improve Your child’s Reading Skills, (it’s easier than you think!) In this book I address all areas of reading, as well as how to informally assess and improve your child’s reading skills. There are also more tips for buy-in and creating a culture of reading in your home.