Ideas and Strategies
Children can be reluctant to read for many reasons. These reasons can be varied, but are usually linked to a lack of self-confidence to attempt to read as well as have an understanding of the relevance of reading - "What is in it for them?"
Some ideas to help a reluctant reader:
Find a quiet place, special relaxing time to read together daily, even if it is in the bath!
Find the topic/anima/country or whatever that fires the child's imagination and interests. Then do as much research as you can to find as much reading material on the topic as possible.
Continually use the phrase "Have a go!" and praise the attempt, right or wrong.
Read to them as much and as often as possible, from all kinds of materials.
If they mis-read a word in a sentence but it still makes sense, do not correct them.
If a 'difficult' word appears, read it to them. It is much more important that they maintain comprehension and fluency.
Explain the story line and main characters of a book before reading. This helps with new and unfamiliar words.
Encourage guessing from the picture clues in the book.
If necessary skip a word and see if they can work it out from the context of the rest of the sentence.
If your child does not want to read or becomes tired - STOP!
Research and find as many books relevant to their ages group to fill your home with as you can.
Be a reading role model.
Let them choose a magazine subscription as a Christmas/birthday gift.
- Give them books as special gifts for special occasions.
- Devote time and energy to library and book shop visits. Let them choose from a selection, guided by you and/or a librarian.
- User a timer, if necessary.
- Remember, reading is all around us - magazines, recipes, signs, joke books, comics and websites are all reading!
- Write spells like Harry Potter.
- Read signs on the way home, in the train/bus, even if it is only the first letter.
- Do not let them see that you are concerned!
Some Useful Websites:
BBC for Schools website with stories for Reception, Years 1, 2 and 3.
BBC for Schools website with interactive adventure stories.
BBC Radio for Schools site about poetry and rhymes for Years 4-6.
Updated: Saturday, 6th June 2009
for Mel Glover, former SENCO at BST
|British School in Tokyo|