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Jul 10, DM News Blog 14 comments. Everyone loves a good story. We look forward to being swept into other worlds, other experiences, other emotions. For those of us who are fortunate enough that reading comes easily, the wonder of story is only as far away as the nearest book. At school, with so much emphasis on grades and performance, such high expectations and demands for reading success, the pressure is enormous. It is no wonder that kids feel overwhelmed and reading feels like a chore. Read to them. Children who have a hard time decoding are still extremely capable of understanding and enjoying great stories, often ones that are far above their own reading level.
Let them enjoy the stories. They will be gaining comprehension skills and vocabulary and having a good time, and you will get to spend some quality time together. There is no age limit on reading aloud. Use audiobooks. Many audio books are available free from your local library, and many others can be downloaded off iTunes and played through your car stereo.
Make a wide range of reading material available. Books are not for everyone. Some kids love magazines with their shorter, more varied entries. Others love comics or graphic novels. Some kids like fairy tales. Others like non-fiction. Others like sports, or music, or adventure. There are so many wonderful books out there. If they love something and are engaged, half the battle is won. I let my son read Captain Underpants! Try picture books. As an author of picture books, I think they are appropriate for a much wider age range than most people typically accept.
Picture books are a wonderland for kids who have trouble reading. So much meaning can be gleaned from the illustrations, and this can help with decoding and comprehension. What does he see? What does she think is happening? How else could the story unfold than the way the author chose to tell it?
Start from a picture and make up your own stories together. E-books and Apps. Not true. Technology is advancing like wildfire. If your child finds reading more enjoyable on a Kindle or other device where the font can be enlarged, making the amount of text on the look more manageable, that is just as much reading as picking up a book.
They are reading! E-books and apps have a solid place in learning to read. Again, they are not for all kids. Some children get distracted by the bells and whistles that go along with such things and will find ways to do everything on them but read, but for many this is a wonderful alternative. Make up games you can play. For example, play the plate game in the car if you are in the US where there are lots of different plates.
Kids will have to identify which state the plates are from… which requires reading. For another game, you can start with the alphabet game in the car or the grocery store or anywhere else where there are words to be seen, and once your child is comfortable and able identifying all the letters, move onto looking for words.
Although in this case you have to be a little sneaky. If they watch TV they may be able to recognize many items by logos rather than names! In addition, many kids who find reading a challenge are very creative. Encourage them to write, draw, tell their own stories. At the dinner table or in the car, you can play story games where someone starts the story and you go around and let each person add the next sentence.
Mad-libs are also fun — developing reading and grammar simultaneously — and usually evolving into lots of silliness and giggles! I hope this has been a little bit helpful and will give you some ideas. If you have any questions, I will be sure to check the comments!
Her books have been translated into French, Dutch, German, and Japanese, with one hopefully forthcoming in Korean. For anyone who might be interested in picture books, my blog has a section called Perfect Picture Books. Over fantastic picture books — both fiction and nonfiction — are listed along with reviews and resources for activities to expand on the experience of the book — everything from recipes to crafts to field trips.
And we add more every Friday! This can be very helpful in the quest to make reading fun! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog, Sarah. I hope people will enjoy the post. Since the 4th grade my son has been reading graphic novels. Nope, a Manga book. Eight years later and he still re, every day some classic stuff too!
Thanks for the great post, Susanna. I was SO happy to read this today Susanna! I just need to remind myself to be patient. So often they come around in their own time, and trying to force it can really backfire! Thanks so much for spotlighting Susanna! Thanks so much for stopping by, Vivian! I am starting a new link-up party this week for all things book and reading related on my blog, Mommynificent. Hope to see you at Booknificent Thursday this week and every week!
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