Some children find it difficult to read. This is not anything new. Irrespective of the time period they were born in, many children find sitting down and reading boring and uninteresting. Why read when you can go out and play? But today’s children have found an even more immersive activity. Yes, you guessed it right- devices. You just can’t make your kid put the phone down. How can you make a child read when they won’t even pick up books in the first place? This is an obstacle faced by a lot of parents and teachers. But do not worry. Our team has handled young readers for more than a decade and we know what needs to be done to help your reluctant reader who is glued to the screen.
Allow a Transition:
Forcing your child to read will be counterproductive after a certain point. You need to approach reluctant readers more gently. You need to allow a transition. Your child will not drop the phone and pick up books in one day. The first thing you can do is to get your child to read video stories on YouTube or the Freadom app. Using digital libraries like Freadom will allow you to make your child read without dropping their phones. Your phone can become their new book! Once your child is hooked on video books, you can gently nudge them into reading regular books.
The next important step is to make a reading routine. An hour every day can be devoted to reading. You can sit and read at this time too- a book, a newspaper, a magazine, anything works. You can also jazz up the routine a little by watching a movie based on your child’s favourite book together. That will also show them how books are more entertaining than the movies that are derived from them!
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Appreciate your child for making progress. Show them you care. Positive reinforcement is key since we want your child to associate reading with a good memory. It is important that you approach a reluctant reader with a growth mindset. Feel free to give them small gifts, maybe accessories like a bookmark or a bookshelf, to nudge them further into reading!
Library trips are great boosters for reluctant readers. It involves going out and spending time in a new place. Public libraries often organize fun activities and workshops for children. This is also a great incentive. Pair library trips with something else your child loves. Maybe a short detour to an ice cream parlour after browsing for books? The important thing is to create pleasant experiences associated with reading!
Exchange Reading Material:
You and your child can suggest reading material for each other once in a while. This will make reading more communal. Of course, that means you’ll have to read a few children’s books yourself! Try to make sure that the books you suggest have activities in them. You and your child can make a go at it together! Exchanging books at a second-hand book store for other used books will also be fun. Your child can write little notes on their book before exchanging them. They can also browse through the used books to see if their previous owner has written something. Your child might even get a new friend!