5 Ways Parents Can Encourage a Reluctant Reader

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March 20, 2012 by WITS Houston

Once a child has the motivation to learn to read, you as a parent are in the clear. Sometimes a reluctant reader might need a little nudge to discover the brave new world offered by reading. Here are some suggestions.

1. Let your child choose his or her own books at the library. If your child chooses Captain Underpants, swallow your pride and check out that book. A child who falls in love with reading will most likely continue to enjoy it for many years to come.

2. At the library, you should choose a few books for your child as well. Do a little research ahead of time or ask your librarian for suggestions that respect your child’s ability and interests.

learning-to-read-by-saundrag-via-flickr.jpg3. Model nuanced reading for your child. Release your inner actor and read with gusto! New readers are so consumed with sounded words out and learning new vocabulary that they often lose track of the story.

4. Read aloud together. Reading together is a wonderful social activity at any age. You and your child share the experience and can discuss or refer back to it later.

5. Encourage your reluctant reader with positive feedback. Given the right reasons, every child can be excited about reading–and writing too. Let your child’s interests lead the way.

[photo by saundraG via flickr]

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2 thoughts on “5 Ways Parents Can Encourage a Reluctant Reader

  1. Trilla Pando says:

    Excellent. I did all of these with my children–especially reading aloud with gusto and reading together–and now I do them with my grandchildren. They work! We have a family of heavy-duty readers.

  2. WITS Houston says:

    Thanks for writing, Trilla. And yes, this works for awesome grandparents too!

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