Encouraging A Reluctant Reader

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Reading is an essential life skill.

Children who choose to read books for pleasure and enjoyment will ultimately do better in literacy.

At school children are encouraged to read regularly and it is recommended that they read for 30 minutes every day. Reading every day will help children develop their writing skills, as well as improving their vocabulary and spelling.

Is Your Child A Reluctant Reader?

Quick Tips To encourage a reluctant child to read

  • When out and about:
    Ask children to read road signs, leaflets, menus etc can also help. This can then be extended by asking questions such as "Which way should we go now? What ingredients are in main course of the meal? What facilities are available in the theme park? When does the shop open?"

  • Choose Interesting Books:
    Find books that align with your child's interests, hobbies, or favourite topics. This can make reading more enjoyable.

  • Set a Reading Routine:
    Establish a consistent reading routine, such as reading together before bedtime. Predictable reading times can create a positive habit.

  • Be a Reading Role Model:
    Demonstrate a love for reading by letting your child see you enjoy books. Children often emulate the behaviours of adults.

  • Visit the Library:
    Take regular trips to the library and allow your child to select books. The wide variety of choices can spark their interest.

  • Use Technology:
    Explore e-books, audiobooks, or interactive reading apps. Some children might find technology-based reading more engaging.

  • Create a Reading Nook:
    Set up a cozy and comfortable reading space at home. Having a dedicated area for reading can make the activity more inviting.

  • Read Aloud Together:
    Share the reading experience by taking turns reading aloud. This can be a bonding activity and can make reading more enjoyable.

  • Connect Books to Real Life:
    Relate the content of the books to real-life experiences. Discuss how characters in the story might handle situations similar to those in your child's life.

  • Celebrate Achievements:
    Acknowledge and celebrate your child's reading accomplishments. Positive reinforcement can boost their confidence and motivation.

  • Explore Different Formats:
    Don't limit reading to traditional books. Explore comic books, magazines, or graphic novels. Different formats may capture your child's interest.

  • Be Patient and Supportive:
    Understand that building a love for reading takes time. Be patient, and provide encouragement and support along the wa

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Questions and Prompts To Ask A Child When Reading A Book

  • Discuss the characters, setting, beginning, middle and end of the story will help Primary School children understand and enjoy stories.
  • Ask children more open-ended questions such as 'How could you change the ending? Which is your favourite character and why? Why would you recommend this book to other children?' This will encourage them to give their own opinion about the book.

Download A Free Book Review Template

Click on the download button below for a book review template.

Teach My Kids - Activities for children:
Ask your child to choose a short story to read. Then use this literacy writing template to write a book review. Your child can write in full sentences or bullet point answers.

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