Encouraging kids to learn is the best way to open doors for your child for a lifetime. Literacy is the single most valuable skill that we often take for granted. Some children can be a bit stubborn or reluctant when it comes to learning how to read or finding time to read more. Right now is the perfect time to encourage your child to read during the school closures.
Surprise your child with a new book or two. Snagging a book off amazon for delivery is a great way to surprise your child with something new and fun for them to read. Look for books that will catch your child’s interest or later books in a series your child has already fallen in love with. I absolutely love the series, Wings of Fire.
Use movies and activities to encourage your child to read. A lot of great books have movies made after them that make for a great opportunity for a family movie night. I always encourage my students and my own children to read the book first. Then discuss with your child how books and movies often differ by filling out a compare and contrast chart. Try bringing a recipe or activity form the book to help bring it to life. One of my favorite books is the Hunger Games. Of course, the movie is not anywhere near as entertaining as the book.
Take advantage of graphic novels for reluctant readers. The high picture content can help encourage reluctant readers to have less fear of reading and help give context clues to bits they may struggle to read. This is a great transition to reading larger books for kids that struggle.
Try using audiobooks to encourage your child to read. Having your child read along with an audiobook is a great way to help them learn new words and become faster and more efficient readers. Amazon is a great place to find books that have matching audiobooks that you can use to help your child work on reading skills. Before you shop amazon check your local library to see if they offer digital books and audiobooks you can use.
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