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Adapted from The Reluctant Reader: How to Get and Keep Kids Reading by Wendy M. Williams, Ph.D. 1. Have fun with reading: Link reading with pleasure in kids’ minds. 2. Read aloud to children starting when they're young. 3. Have reading materials around where kids will see them. 4. Be seen reading and enjoying it- quoting, laughing, learning, sharing, etc. 5. Take kids to the library often and show them how to use its resources. 6. Show that you value reading- buy books, and give and receive them as gifts. 7. Make reading exciting- show that books are full of good ideas that kids can use. 8. Let kids choose their reading material (at the library, bookstore, etc.) 9. Read ghost stories to kids. 10. Read detective stories and have kids guess whodunit. 11. Get subscriptions in kids’ names to magazines focusing on topics they like. 12. Have kids read to a family member or friend who can’t read anymore. 13. Give rewards for reading- a new book or gift certificate from a bookstore, art supplies, tickets to a play or event, a trip to a zoo or museum, an opportunity to stay up late to read. 14. Keep a publicly visible list at home showing reading progress (how many books in how much time.) 15. Have a book scavenger hunt- kids circle objects as they find them in a story. 16. Hang up a world map or a U.S. map and have a contest to see who can read more books about or taking place in more different places (cities, countries, etc.) 17. Make a time line and have kids read historical novels that fit, marking it as appropriate. 18. Obtain a historical map, and then get books that describe different points. 19. Make a family card catalog to keep track of what family members have read. 20. Have your kids help with recipes and actually read them aloud to you as you cook.
21. Have kids find and choose recipes of their own and make them together. 22. Ask kids to read nutrition labels to you. Make it fun: Say, “Who can tell me which one has more calories?” etc. 23. Have kids make their own fortune cookies… with fortunes they typed or printed on small pieces of paper. 24. Have a contest to see who can write the most disgusting recipe. 25. Make a family cookbook. 26. Let kids read catalogs to pick out gifts for themselves and others. 27. Let kids clip coupons and keep the money that’s saved as long as they help with the shopping. 28. Have kids make shopping lists. 29. Have kids make a family telephone and address book. 30. Wherever you and the kids travel, before and after, have kids read about the place. 31. Let kids listen to books on tape in the car. (Good books!) 32. Let kids read the map and help navigate. 33. On the road: have kids find words containing letters of the alphabet- one letter per word. 34. Have kids help with a family journal or scrapbook of the family’s trips. 35. Cut up a newspaper and ask kids to make the funniest mismatch of a story and a headline. 36. Play board games that involve reading. 37. Create a place in the home that’s set up for reading (make a special nook with shelves, etc.) 38. Make a special children’s library section in your home. 39. Ask kids their interpretations of current events- leave newspapers around for them to read. 40. Ask kids to collect and read movie reviews before the family decides which movie to go see. 41. Collect books on a theme that will get kids psyched up to read more- about dinosaurs or space travel. 42. Suggest that your kids read the book before (or after) seeing the movie about it. 43. If kids see something interesting on TV, get a book about it. 44. Suggest party and Halloween costumes based on book characters.
45. Make a family scrapbook and have kids write entries, captions, etc. 46. Take a library tour with your kids. 47. Sign kids up for library reading hours. 48. Go to the zoo or museum, and then get books on topics kids liked. 49. Get kids excited about history reading by suggesting they search through old newspapers for details about your town in the olden days. 50. Have kids make a map of their favorite area around the home, town, a vacation spot, etc. 51. Have kids attend bookstore events, like signings, readings, etc. 52. Take kids to college or university campuses for events, picnics, sports, etc. – to get them used to the atmosphere of higher learning and the books involved. 53. Take turns as a family reading funny books and essays aloud. Entertain one another instead of watching TV. 54. Encourage friendships with other kids who like to read. 55. Have kids make a book of their favorite limericks or nursery rhymes or jokes. 56. Have kids use how-to books to build things, make gifts, do projects, learn a sport, etc. 57. Give gifts of a book or the things the book talks about- like a cookbook and the ingredients for a recipe, an astronomy book and a star chart, a nature book and a magnifying glass, a book about camping and a compass. 58. Do crossword puzzles with kids- or give them as gifts. 59. Make a family Trivial Pursuit game based on your family trivia; have kids draw up cards. 60. Make a Trivial Pursuit game based on kids favorite books. 61. Have a bring-your-own-book slumber party. 62. Have kids write their won sequels to favorite books or stories. 63. Get a “why?” book and quiz each other: “why is the sky blue?” 64. Have kids write a family holiday letter or newsletter. 65. Have kids write their won letter explaining their absences from school and other things for which letters from home are needed. 66. Have kids design their own stationery, get it photocopied, and encourage them to write letters and thank you notes.
67. Encourage kids to develop pen pals. 68. Write a letter that everyone adds to and pass it on among family members and friends. 69. Always have kids write thank you notes for gifts immediately- before they are allowed to use the gifts. 70. Have magazines, young adult novels and newspapers around the house. 71. Ask kids to recommend books for others to read or to buy as gifts for others. 72. Have kids role-play characters from stories, by reading aloud, dressing up and using props, performing the books dialogue, etc. 73. Have kids read to their younger siblings, friends and relatives. 74. Encourage kids to read aloud to you whenever possible to develop their skills and confidence. 75. Tell kids about a book you just read that they might like-whet their appetites, read a small section, and then leave the book around where they can read it. 76. Ask kids often of their opinions of books their reading. 77. Use positive peer pressure: get your kids into playgroups or social settings with avid readers. 78. Encourage kids to read anything in the newspaper at all- even horoscopes, letters to the editor, comics, movie reviews, anything! 79. Lets kids read short stories instead of longer books- they’ll get a greater sense of completion and gratification. 80. Encourage kids to write their own plays or other works. 81. Encourage kids to read in bed before sleeping every night.
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Love Reading Books?Read Christian Books Online For Free Or Download Your Copy. Visit!www.BJNewLife.org Jesus for KidsFree 30 Day Kids Devotional Learn About Living For Jesus.cbn.com/superbook From preschool forward, most teachers strongly urge parents to have their children read-or be read to--on a reading activity schedule throughout the year. This includes summer months, holiday breaks, or any time when school is out. It's easy to understand why. Children who maintain their reading skills or younger ones who are read to on a daily basis will be on target for back-to-school or back-to-regular routines in the fall. Those who don't typically have to pay catch-up in the classroom, which can set the stage for a challenging year. Child care centers, in-home child providers, babysitters, and family members can do their part to foster a love of reading through fun reading activities. Parents should ask whether their day care center or care provider reads to children daily--and if not, ask them to start a story hour. Older kids who no longer take naps often find enjoyment in reading right after lunch, traditionally considered "quiet time." Parents can set an hour each evening for books; older ones can read in their room, read to their parents, or even to younger siblings. Younger children always enjoy being read a story on a topic of interest to them. The key is to always make the reading experience fun and a time to look forward to.
Reading or a reading activity should never be perceived as a chore. What are things parents and child care providers alike should keep in mind to encourage reading? Take advantage of weather by dangling the reading carrot in fun ways. Be adventurous and make it a game as to where you should read to your child and how. In warm weather, read next to a pond or lake, under a tree, by the pool, or even in the tree house. Be bold and carefree. One mother reads to her young child in their blow-up children's pool in the backyard during the summer months. Another mom finishes the much-anticipated daily trip to the park in the spring or fall by reading a book before they leave. Cold months can mix reading activities by having books about snowmen, snowfalls, winter holidays, or sports such as ice skating. Day care centers or child providers can add reading fun into the mix by tying it into a planned activity for the week. If the theme for the week is "Under the Sea," then the books can be about the ocean or fish. Consider a reading series. There are countless book series tailor made for your child's age, and a good experience with one means there is a high likelihood your child will enjoy others about the same characters. There are series on action heroes and princesses, popular characters such as Bob the Builder, the classic Dr. Suess collection, and about young heroes and heroines. There are series about beginning school for the first time or about going on vacation. Older children like series such as Harry Potter. Build reading into the schedule. Parents and child providers can and should build a reading activity into the daily schedule. While evening or before-bedtime are popular times to read, reading after breakfast or before children go to an activity, sets a routine that most children embrace. Providers can set a daily story time and let parents know what book is being read and how it matches enrichment and learning activities for the week. Plan ahead with exciting books on vacation. Vacation is a prime time for reading enjoyment, when family is together and fun is in the plans. Reading is a great activity for around the pool or in the hotel room in the evening. Build a reading activity into life's planning. Children of all ages should learn the connection between reading and knowledge. If your family is adding a flower bed, have children read about how to prepare a bed and what flowers and shrubs are optimal for the area of the country and whether it is in sun or shade. Getting a new family pet? Read up on varieties of dogs, care required, and even stories about children and their pets first. Traveling somewhere? You guessed it, read all about your destination first and you and your children will have the added benefit of knowing more about the area when you arrive. Involve the entire family. Studies show that moms have the tendency to read more to their children then dads, robbing both children and fathers of positive reading experiences. Make reading time with dad or grandpa a priority. Dads read books aloud with children differently then moms do, and children will flourish
with the perspective and experience of both. Ask for your child's feedback. Evaluation and discussion is an important part of a positive book-reading experience. Ask your child simple questions, such as: Did you like the book? Why or why not? Who was your favorite character? What was your favorite scene? Did you like how it ended? Would you like to read it again someday? Don't be surprised if your child wants to re-read the same book again! That means you did your job well and helped foster a love of reading. Related Articles
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When you read aloud to your child, is it a rewarding experience or an exercise in frustration? Here are some ways to help ensure an enjoyable experience for both of you when you read aloud, with children's books that make great read alouds and effective reading aloud techniques. Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 20 minutes Here's How: 1. You don't have to wait for your baby to get to a certain age to begin reading children's books to him. Start now! 2. Continue reading aloud to your child until he is at least 10 years old. Children continue to benefit from listening to others read long after they themselves have learned to read children's books. 3. For young children, children's books with rhyme, rhythm and repetition are excellent. Be sure to read Mother Goose rhymes often. 4. Be consistent about reading aloud to your child. Do it daily and, if possible, about the same time every day. Reading children's books right before bedtime often works well. 5. If you have several small children, you can read to them together. Picture books work well for this. 6. Don't be surprised if your children want to hear a favorite children's book again and again. That's fine. As they get to really know the story well, have them fill in words for you. 7. Try to choose children's books that are above your child's reading level but at the child's interest level. 8. Some children love reading about the same characters. If that's what your child likes, choose several short books in a series or a longer chapter book. Reading a chapter a night works well. 9. Vary the subject matter of what you read as well as the type. In addition to fiction, you might also read poetry, magazine articles and non-fiction. 10. Try to find children's books that match your child's interests. Get suggestions from the children's librarian at your school or public library. Check with a bookseller at your favorite bookstore. 11. If your children are several years apart you will need to read to them individually as they get older to ensure that each children's book you choose is at the appropriate reading and interest level for each child. 12. As your child gets older and gains in reading ability, occasionally pick a book right at her reading level and take turns reading to one another. Tips: 1. When reading a chapter of a children's book each night, always review what happened in the previous night's chapter before starting a new chapter. 2. When you begin reading aloud to a baby, you will only be able to keep your baby's attention for a few minutes. That's to be expected. 3. As children mature, so do their attention spans.
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Studies confirm that children who love to read are more likely to not only succeed in school but also in the workplace. Studies also show that parents play a crucial role particularly on their older kids’ reading attitudes and behaviors, as well as helping to find the right book to capture their interest. Here are nine tips from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions I shared recently on the TODAY show to help parents get their kiddoes reading and hopefully even rekindle that great love of the printed page. (A little disclosure here: I was a former teacher and taught children’s literature so you have to know I LOVE the printed page. I’ve also written 22 books so my bias should be evident). 1. Let them choose. A study by Scholastic found that 89% of kids say their favorite books are the ones they pick. Kids also say a big reason they don’t read is that they don’t like what we selected for them. So get your child involved in the selection. If he has difficulties finding the right book, talk to a children’s librarian, check into a resource on great books kids like to read, or ask other kids for ideas. 2. Find the right level. The big trick is finding reading material appropriate to your child’s reading level–not too high or not too low. Check your child’s last report card or reading achievement scores, which may give you a clue as to what is appropriate for your kid. 3. Think outside the book. Don’t be too picky as to what your kid reads: Cereal boxes, cartoons, the sports page, baseball cards, those new graphic comic book novels are fine. Find what piques your kid’s interest. What are his hobbies? What are other kids reading? Remember, the literary merit is trivial–getting your kid to feel comfortable with reading is what matters. 4. Set aside time to read. Kids say the biggest reason they don’t read for fun is there isn’t just enough time, so carve out a few minutes a day. Hint: Eliminating just one TV show or activity will free up 30 minutes a week to read. Set aside a time where everyone reads and make it a family routine. Encourage your older kid to read to a younger sibling. 5. Make reading material available. Be sure reading material is easily accessible. Stash books in backpacks, bathrooms, cars or on the dining table for those “just-in-case” lulls. Here’s a sure-fire tip: Give your kid the option of doing the dishes or reading the book. I’m betting on the book.
6. Start a book club. Find other kids your child can read with or join with a few parents to start a kid-parent book club. Suggest they pick from their required school reading list (check the bottom of your kid’s backpack) or allow them to choose their own. 7. Become movie critics. Read a book, and then watch the movie together. (Harry Potter, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hatchet, Twilight, or New Moon are just a few favorites). Then become movie critics and debate if the book or movie was better. 8. Read out loud. Around the age of eight is when studies say kids stop reading for enjoyment. It’s also the same age we usually stop reading to our kids. So find one book to read out loud this month. Reading out loud increases comprehension, vocabulary, imagination and attention, but also fond family memories. Consider listening to books on tape during those long car rides. Make sure to keep it fun and set the listening time to your child’s attention span. 9. Read together. Get two copies of each school required reading book: one for you and the other for your kid. You can each read alone, but it’s a great way to open up a dialogue with your child about a great book. J.K. Rowling proved that kids do read, but it certainly didn’t hurt that many parents and kids read the series together. Studies show the more books in your home, the greater the chance your kid will become a reader (as well as obtain higher math, science, civics, and history scores). So dig out that library card. Go to library sales or book fairs. Stop at those garage sales. Subscribe your kid to a magazine. Set up a book exchange with the neighbors. You don’t have to break the bank, but do have material available and carve out that time so your child -and you–reads and reads and reads! Both parents and kids say a big part of the problem is trouble finding enjoyable books. So treat yourself to a great source that listing kids’ top reading choices. Here are a few of my favorites: The New Read-aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell Best Books for Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read by Laura Backes Great Books for Boys or Great Books for Girls by Kathleen Odean The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Shireen Dodson The Kids’ Book Club Book by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp
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