Considering all the pressures that come with schooling, some students may begin with anxiety this academic year, especially the struggling reader. Children know that reading is important, because it’s likely that we’ve mentioned this fact to them since they were little.
The following are points toward motivating a young reader and creating a positive reading culture, actions that promote reading frequency.
1. TAP INTO NEW MEDIUMS
How can we capture a child’s full interest toward reading? As parents and teachers it’s important to validate new forms of reading. Here are a few that come to mind: online magazines, blogs, websites, and e-books. Students not only need to discover what they enjoy reading, but how they enjoy reading about new topics. Also, what is fascinating to learn and how will they begin to explore? Students who use a variety of media forms and find exciting topics to choose from, are more encouraged to be lifelong readers because they are able to see how the world values and gathers information.
2. INQUIRY MATTERS!
What questions has your child asked lately? Will the family be traveling to a new vacation destination in the near future? Is your family talking about adopting a new house pet? What is happening in the ‘now’ matters to your child. It is what teachers call a ‘teachable moment.’ Followed this up with a trip to your local library and reference more information on the topic. Make them aware of how their questions lead to further thoughts or actions like planning for the event. By helping them to reflect, think and reason, you will encourage new inquiries. Watch for the glow in their eyes when they become experts on the subject of interest.
3. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT
After reading a great post, book or magazine article, do you have a need to share? Is this what makes social media (ie. Facebook, Twitter) so popular? Dialogue is part of the social aspect of reading. Having a dialogue is like a window into another person’s heart and mind. We get to see their reading experiences, likes and dislikes, discover interesting facts and share opinions. By listening and sharing we also show genuine interest with each other.
Children love to discuss their emotions, ideas and stories with someone who will listen. They are keenly aware of the attention you are giving them. Likewise, your young reader will have valuable practice time, with you, and be less isolated with texts they struggle to read.
HOW DO YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO READ? HOW DO YOU CREATE A POSITIVE READING CULTURE?