Here are six evidence-based strategies parents can employ to support and encourage our reluctant reader.
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Trusted sources like the International Literacy Association emphasize the significance of tailoring reading materials to children's interests. By aligning books and resources with their passions and hobbies, parents can increase their motivation to read. Introduce children to a variety of reading materials, such as comic books, graphic novels, and magazines to further captivate their attention - reading is reading! Online platforms and reading apps like Read with Ello, recommended by Common Sense Media, offer interactive stories and educational games that cater to their specific interests, encouraging a positive association with reading.
Consistency is key when it comes to nurturing a reading habit. Set aside dedicated time for reading each day, free from distractions. Create a reading routine that becomes a regular part of your child's day, as this establishes reading as a valued and enjoyable activity. Encourage independent reading, but also engage in shared reading experiences where you take turns reading aloud or read together. Regular reading time fosters a sense of structure and reinforces the importance of reading in their daily lives. If you are looking for guidance on how to get started on a daily reading routine, check out our FREE Raise a Reader toolkit for printables, a personalized book list for books that are “just right” for your child, motivational sticker charts, and more!