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4 Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers

Some kids love to read. They can’t get enough of it but others, not so much. Children can be reluctant readers. It’s hard to get him/her 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 motivating reluctant readers and encourage them no matter how much your child protests.

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Here are 4 Ways on how to engage reluctant readers 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.

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There are many ways to help a struggling reader. 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.

Do you have any tips to encourage reluctant readers?

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. 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 City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. 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.

  2. The library as a child was literally my favorite place in the whole world. It felt like I was surrounded by thousands of adventures. Probably because I enjoyed story time with my mom so much, I grew into a bookworm.


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