Summer is basically here and that often means a time to relax…
For my daughter this will mean piano practice, hanging out with friends and catching up on some fun reading (most likely books from the “Heroes of Olympus” series) But for my 9 year old son the last thing he wants to do is read. This is par for the course when you are struggling reader. As his mom, however, I cannot afford to let him off the hook. He has worked hard to attain the skills he has, so if I really care I will make sure he is reading this summer. Here are 5 tips to make reading more enjoyable for your struggling reader:
… I actually mean offer an incentive reward program. Does your child have a toy or activity they want? Let them earn it with reading. Perhaps you can create a chart. Talk over with your child what is reasonable and take into consideration their ideas. Let them come up with some of the rules or guidelines. Our chart has a calendar inside for placing stickers for accomplishments. You can do it however you wish.
Here is what ours looks like:
2. Make regular visits to the library
… Keeping fresh reading material on hand can motivate a reluctant reader. Especially when they were the one to pick out what book they will read. Just make sure they are choosing books that are at their level of reading. If they need some motivation get them a library bag that they keep filled with their choices.
3. Purchase a variety of books to have in a reading basket
… These books should be just at or below their reading level. Perhaps you could invest in a set of phonics based readers. Like those from “Now I’m Reading” or Treasure Bay’s “We Read Phonics” series.
4. Have a specific time when you read together – EVERYDAY
… It is important that you have your dyslexic child read to you. As we know, they often skip small words or invert sounds, and they need to be challenged to read accurately. That won’t happen if they only read independently. Be sure to help them see their mistakes. Never say to yourself, ”That was close enough”, they deserve better than that. Gently make sure they are reading correctly.
5. Change things up and have reading time be through playing a game
…Any game that has clues to be read is good. My son actually loves to be the person who reads clues on cards. Games also build other critical thinking skills. And they are fun. Discovery Toys has a Game called Rhyme Out that my children really enjoy. It gives your kids reading practice as they hone auditory processing and memory skills.
Be proactive this summer and help them start up their next school term ahead of the game by having a plan that will keep them reading. What are you doing to keep their reading skills current?
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Robin Liner is a wife, and veteran homeschool mom with over twenty years experience. She has written two picture books and actively blogs about homeschooling with an emphasis on teaching dyslexic children at crazygoodreaders.wordpress.com. and athomewithdyslexia.com Feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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