8 Tips for the Child Who Doesn’t Want to Read
- Use reading materials at a suitable level of difficulty for your child.
If you are not sure of your child’s reading ability level, have your child’s reading ability level assessed!
- Are they struggling to read on their own? Do they have reading process difficulties in phonemic awareness, decoding/phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension?
If you are not sure, but sense they have reading difficulties, have your child’s reading assessed!
- Use a variety of reading materials that include books and comic books (graphic novels), pamphlets, brochures/flyers, menus, bus schedules, children’s magazines…
- Help your child write their own book.
- Give your child an ‘interest inventory’ to determine reading material they may like to read. Primary Interest Inventory
- Try flashlight reading. Have your child use a flashlight to highlight the words as they read.
- Read to your child as this builds their interest in reading.
- Be a role model. Let your child see you reading.
Children’s Book Council: http://www.cbcbooks.org
Reading is Fundamental (RIF): http://www.rif.org