It is always difficult to help your child who may be struggling to read to enjoy reading books for pleasure. We know that the more he/she reads, the easier it will become. However, getting your child to enjoy reading books for fun can be a challenge.
Here are some tips to help you to get your Struggling Reader to read for his/her enjoyment:
1. Find several books you think he/she may like and let them choose which one they want to read.
2. Take turns reading the book together. Either you can read a page and then your child can read the next page or you read a sentence and then he/she reads the next sentence.
3. Take index cards and write one word on each card that is found frequently in the book. Select no more than 10 words.
Example: the name of the main character, or common sight words that your child may be having difficulty with. Go over these words together and practice them out loud. When you get to the place in the book where you find one of these words, point to the index card to help your child remember.
Sample sight words: said, like, what, she, have, are, came
4. Find books that are in a series that your child may enjoy. Having sequels to a favorite book encourages your child to want to read more books about the same character or by the same author.
Sample series or sequels:
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish and Fritz Siebel
Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Big Max by Kin Platt
Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant
5. Keep a chart of how many books your child has read. Reward him/her for reading 5 books, or 10 books as a goal. A reward can be a trip to the book store to find new books to read, a trip to the ice cream store, etc.
What ways to you encourage your child to read more books?
How do you help your child who is struggling to read?