Reading is one of the most important skills a child will learn. Although some kids love to read, others need some extra motivation. Research shows that motivation is the key to kids reading frequently and becoming successful and skillful readers.
Here are a few tips to encourage your kids to read.
First, find out if there is a specific reason your child doesn’t like to read. Maybe she is struggling because it’s hard, and she is trying to read books above her level. She might need some help expanding her vocabulary or honing her phonics skills. Some kids also have trouble because they are dyslexic or even need glasses. You might also need to request some help from your child’s school to discover why she doesn’t want to read and to help her become a better reader.
Rocketship Public Schools is one resource you can depend on to help your child learn to love to read. These are networks of K-5 public charter school who serve students in areas where access to excellent schools is limited sometimes due to low-income. Rocketship Public Schools strives to meet the needs of each student through targeted tutoring, traditional instruction, and adaptive technology. The schools also work to inspire communities, empower teachers, and engage parents in their child’s learning. Eliminating the achievement gap is the mission of Rocketship as they continue to redesign elementary schools and expand into new areas hoping to service over 25,000 low-income students.
Second, you can encourage a reluctant reader by setting aside time to read aloud. This could include you reading to your child or ask your child to read to a younger sibling. If he has been struggling to read, you can choose some easy to read picture books to read to a toddler which will help him to feel successful. This is a win, win for you and your family. You can get some chores completed around the house while your children are reading in a comfortable reading nook and spending some quality time together. Be sure to praise your child for reading to his siblings and encourage him to do it more often.
Third, find books to interest your struggling reader. You can utilize the library and school to find books that peak your child’s interest. If she is interested in biographies, help her to find interesting books about famous people. If he loves castles, dragons, and knights – there are a variety of books available that create engaging stories. Humor is another way to help your child. Funny books can brighten your child’s day and you can start by reading her a chapter and then letting her read the rest of the book to find out what happens next. Just make sure the book is on your child’s reading level, so she won’t have trouble following the story.
Making sure your child is receiving an excellent education will help ensure his or her success into the future. Rocketship Public Schools has been creating unique public charter school education programs since 2006. A number of Graduate School Fellows and Analyst Fellows have worked together to develop curriculum for the school and teachers to ensure key decisions are made with the right data to emphasize student learning. Low-income schools often struggle to create a learning environment where children feel safe and important. Rocketship Public Schools is working to increase student achievement with a high-quality curriculum including helping each and every student to become motivated readers and empower students to achieve their goals.