Learning to read can be a challenging adventure for some children. It seems that everyone from the child's teacher to Mom and Dad and even grandma happy and waiting for the child to learn to read. All the pressures and expectations of the adults can sure put a damper on the excitement for children. This loss of excitement can cause a child to lose the desire to read. If we as parents can find ways to make reading fun and enjoyable, our children will be more willing to sit down and read a book together.
Here are some ideas that you can do to make reading fun for your child.
This is a fun way for children to be able to read the words he knew and passed on words leads to frustration. While reading a book together, each taking a turn reading aloud. When people read say the word "popcorn", it is to change other people to read.
Your readers pair up with the teen "reading buddy" and ask them to read the book hard together. We all have times where an explanation of something that made more sense coming from one of our colleagues or siblings. This gives your child a chance to practice reading without adult supervision eye may cause nervousness.
Take an old book and a highlighter and have your child highlight each word one page that he can read. After all the words your child knows highlighted on the page, take a moment and have your child look and see how many words he can actually read. This is quite a confidence booster.
Before your child is too tired at the end of the day, take some time and read in a dark room. Bring a flashlight with you and read books by flashlight. Small children especially like this.
What child has not constructed a fort at one time or another? If you do not already have a fort in your home or outside in the yard, help your child create one. This can be a blanket fort, a plywood fort outside, tree house, or even a simple down to sleep fort. (Make sure you both can fit ... able to get out once you get useful too!) Bring your child's favorite books, passes comfortably and reading.
Create a "reading corner" somewhere in your home. Let your child be part of the decor and choose the right place for that place. Add some bean bags or pillow, perhaps the favorite poster on the wall or even some family photos.
Take a break and just read to your child sometimes
No explanation needed here.
Have your child leafing through a book and look at all the pictures and tell you what he thinks will happen in the story. Read the story and see how close he is.
Choose a word that your child has a particularly hard time with and every time you read the word child, you both stand. This will help him remember the words because of the actions associated with it. It works very well with kinesthetic learners. (Children who want to move all the time and likes to touch and feel everything.)
Have you ever seen a personal story book in which your child's name printed in the story? This is a unique way to get your reluctant reader excited about the book. In this kind of book, your child's name and his name printed in the storyline, make your children books of their own star! How motivating is that? He had to read the book to find out what kind of adventure that he will go!
To learn more about the book a personal story, click the link below.
Sometimes all it takes to make fun reading is some imagination and a change of scenery.