Tip of the Week

January 13, 2020

Six Ways to Help Your Child Read More

Reading for pleasure has innumerable benefits for students. The challenge is getting students who are busy and/or disinterested to make time to read. Here are six suggestions: 

  1. Meet your child where he is. Whether it’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Sports Illustrated, or National Geographic — whatever interests your child is a great place to start. 
  2. Bring your child to a bookstore or library and let him roam through the stacks. With so many choices that he can hold and flip through, he’ll undoubtedly find a number of titles that pique his interest and spark some excitement.
  3. Model reading. Create a quiet reading time when everyone in the house is reading a book of his or her choice.
  4. Read a book together. Take turns reading every few pages, and make time to “stop and reflect” to strengthen comprehension.
  5. Try an e-reader (Kindle, Nook, iPad). Who doesn’t love a little screen time? It’s a fun way to read. 
  6. Connect reading to pop-culture. If your child wants to see a new movie, suggest he read the book first.