Unfortunately, children who read very little usually have poor reading skills. Reading is a struggle for them, and they avoid it whenever possible.
What can you do to encourage your children to read? First, it's helpful to know your child's reasons for not liking or wanting to read. Once you know these reasons it can help you decide what will work best in motivating your child to discover or rediscover how much fun reading can be.
Why Some Kids Don't Like to Read
Here are some familiar reasons you may have heard:
It's boring. Don't despair if your children have this response to reading that is assigned at school. You can expose them to another kind of reading at home that is related to their interests.
I don't have the time. Kids are busy. School, friends, sports, homework, television, and chores all compete for their time. Perhaps your child needs help in rearranging their schedules to make time for reading.
It's too hard. For some children, reading is a slow, difficult process. If your child is having a hard time reading, talk with his or her reading teacher. Ask about how you can find interesting books and materials written at a level that matches your child's reading ability.
It's not important. Often children don't appreciate how reading can be purposeful or relevant to their lives. As a parent, you can find reading materials on subjects that do matter to your kids.
It's no fun. For some children, especially those who have difficulty reading, books cause anxiety. Even for children with strong reading skills, pressure from school and home that emphasize reading for performance can make reading seem like a chore. Take the pressure off reading so that your children can enjoy it.
Speak to a reading teacher if you have reason to suspect a learning problem. Early testing administered at your child's school can identify a learning disability and alert the school to your child's need for special teaching.
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