Make Reading Fun
One can make the reading process pleasurable by integrating engaging activities, creating a fun reading environment, teaching kids how to visualize, pairing the activities with pleasantries, sharing the process with them and integrating technology such as audiobooks.
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What Are Some Specific Strategies?
- Be positive and excited about your own reading time. If kids see that you love it, they will want to do it too.
- Help your children learn to visualize or imagine pictures when reading or listening to text. While reading together, talk about your own visuals and ask them about theirs. Creating a movie in your head improves reading comprehension, attention and will help kids picture the characters and settings.
- Create an exciting and comfortable niche for your children to read. With your child or children collect pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and other items that create a relaxing, comfortable and fun environment for reading.
- Allow kids to listen to books on tape while reading along. This will improve sight word vocabulary and listening skills.
- Make your child's favorite snacks and drinks available during reading time. This will provide positive associations with the reading process.
- Create a family time a few days a week, where the whole family reads to themselves or as a group.
- Go to the library or bookstore and help your children select reading materials that they find engaging. This could be a book, magazine, comic and more.
- Integrate activities that your children enjoy into the reading process. For example, if they love to draw, encourage them to illustrate a scene out of each chapter that they read.
- Read the book with your child so that you can talk about each chapter. You can even make it into a game. See how many character, setting and plot details you can each remember from your reading.
- When kids self-initiate reading, be sure to praise them and celebrate their self-directed accomplishments.
I hope you found these strategies helpful. If you have any other ideas, please share them!
Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren
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