Both of my kids used to suck at reading. Yup. Even Zoey. But now the light seeps under her door at night because she’s “sneaking books” past bedtime. And Holden? He was even worse at reading. Which made him sad, frustrated, embarrassed, unconfident, etc., etc., etc. And it broke my heart. But recently something crazy happened. Just last month, I went into his room one morning to wake him up for school, and look what I found.
I wish I could tell you there’s some magic trick that made this happen, but I think it’s actually a bunch of magic tricks. So here goes. Here are 5 things to do to help your kid like (and maybe even love) reading.
1. Read TO them. Because if you read to them and don’t make them do any of the hard work, they will eventually figure out they LOVE books and realize it’s worth the effort.
2. Let them read graphic novels. I can’t believe I just wrote that. It used to kill me that Zoey was capable of reading a 300-page book but would only pick up those books that were basically long comic strips. But it worked! She found so much joy in graphic novels that she fell in love with books, and eventually moved on to more challenging stuff.
3. Make sure you always have great reading material around the house. Like I will literally walk out of the library with a stack of 25 books, knowing that Holden might choose just one. But one is better than zero.
4. Don’t limit yourself just to books. A whole book can be intimidating. Magazines and websites can be great reading material for kids.
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And last, but definitely not least, number 5!
5. GIVE IT TIME. All kids are different. Some kids love reading before they’re even out of the womb.
FETUS 1: I loved the rhythmic cadence of Goodnight Moon, but Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was way more riveting if you want my opinion.
And others need a few more years before they get all intellectual.
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Seriously, both of my kids needed extra help when it came to reading and were way behind many of their peers, but over time something just “clicked.”
So if your kid already likes reading, awesome! And if they don’t yet, here’s what you need to do:
Try my tricks up above.
Try not to freak out.
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