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4 Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

| September 13, 2017 | 3 Comments
4 Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

Children books pilled up on a table

 

4 Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

Some kids love to read. They can’t get enough of it but others, not so much. It’s hard to get them to even pick up a book much less read a little every day. Reading encourages kids to use their imaginations and can help teach life lessons in fun and interesting ways. Therefore, it’s important to keep trying no matter how much your child protests.

Here are four ways to encourage a reluctant reader to read more books:

1. Find out why your child does not like reading. It could be that he has trouble figuring out the words or maybe he doesn’t really understand what he’s reading. It could also be possible that he is simply not interested in the types of books you’re offering. Once you find out why he doesn’t want to read, it will help you figure out what to do to solve the problem.

2. Try different types of reading material. For example, if your child is into superheroes, then perhaps a superhero comic book might spike his interest in reading. Once he discovers that reading can be fun and interesting, you can add new age-appropriate books to his collection.

3. Continue reading to your child daily but don’t just read the words. Be expressive and show enthusiasm when reading to show your child that you find it fun and interesting. This sets a good example for him and encourages him to want to read more.

4. Make visiting the library part of your weekly routine. It helps to expose your child to a wide variety of books that makes it easier for him to find something he is interested in. The librarians may also suggest books that your child might find interesting.

Above all else, be patient with your child. It can be frustrating for parents, especially if you love reading. However, getting frustrated or pushing too hard will only make things worse. Reading is a fun and satisfying activity that your child can greatly benefit from so never give up. Keep encouraging your kids to read even if they’re not interested now.

 

4 Ways to Encourage a Reluctant Reader

Children books pilled up on a table

 

Do you have any tips to encourage children to read?

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    We’re lucky my grandchildren enjoy reading very much.

  2. loriag says:

    Find out why your child does not like reading. To me is the most important one. Is it truly a life verses dislike or a developmental issue.

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