Do you have a child with a low interest in reading? There are two main things that can happen when this happens. The book is either too complex or not entertaining. Here are four methods to make me love books instead of loathing them. These are my same ideas for my home education program. I hope that you find them useful love book.
- Find the “Just Right Books” for your child.Just Right books can be books that aren’t too difficult or too simple.
Your child can become discouraged if the reading material seems too difficult. He’ll stop reading as a consequence. He won’t learn if the material becomes too easy. These simple rules can help you tell if a book has been chosen.
* The 5 Word Rule, the first rule. Ask your child to read a book aloud. When she is reading, she should not struggle with more than 5 words or need to be told what five words are. It is too difficult. (That’s The 5 Word Rule. A book must be read independently by your child in order to be considered a Just Right one.
* The Comprehension Rule 2 is the most important rule to help determine if a book will be a Just Right Book. Does your child know what’s happening in the book. Would you be able to ask your child to give you the details of each page, each chapter, the characters, the main idea and what they are doing? If she is unable to answer, then the book might be beyond her reading ability.
* The Read It Lots of Times Rule is the 3rd rule that will help to determine whether a book is just right. If your child reads the book often, is familiar with every word, and can either recite it or skim it, it is likely that the book has fallen below her reading level. It does not challenge her to think and teach her new vocabulary.
- Attach a book or genre to something your child already knows
Before you introduce a difficult book or a new genre of books to your child, discover what your child already knows about characters and the subject matter. This helps children be ready and excited for learning. A visual hook, question, real-world example, or creative way to set a tone for the new lesson is a good idea. It’s crucial to tie new learning to existing skills. Your child’s knowledge will make learning easier and more meaningful. It will also help increase his attention and memory. Allow your child to select the books that appeal to him. Look for grade-level books that cover dragons and other snakes. You could also do a science unit. You can also find grade-level books on Barbie to help your daughter do a social science unit study about the history and creation of dolls.
- Keep it “short & sweet.”
Mini-lessons (15 minutes of teacher-led instruction followed 15 minutes by student practice) for Language Arts (reading writing spelling vocabulary grammar and punctuation), are more in demand within the public school classroom. Daily lessons that are concise, yet powerful, help kids who hate reading to pay attention, stay on task, and remember that the lesson will end. By teaching a series or mini-lessons every day, your child will be receiving hours of language art instruction and practice every single day. It is broken up into short segments of 15 minutes. Your child should know the time and expectations. When the mini-lesson is finished, reward your child with an enjoyable activity. You can use the “break” time for oral review, reinforcement and reinforcement of any new vocabulary words.
- You can throw in a game
Learning is enhanced by games. I use lots games in my home education program. Math Twister, a play on Twister by Hasbro, is one way my son (and I) accomplish our math objectives in compliance with our state’s educational standard. I use post-its to make numbers and then place the post-its on colored dots. I spin the board. My son has to land on the dots. Word Twister has me writing words on post-its. He then places the post-its on a Twister mat. As soon as the word is landed on, he needs to use the word in a sentence. There are many fun games you can use to teach Language Arts. Think spelling Bee. Spelling kickball or Spelling catchball are options for the very difficult child. Scrabble. Scrabble is great for teaching multiple children.
It is important to be creative, encourage your child to read, find the right books, and link reading to what your child already has.