5 Tips for Getting Kids to Read

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I’ve shared with you before that I have a couple of reluctant readers. Sure they love books. We’ve been reading chapter books since they were pretty little and they’ve always soaked up every bit of the stories. Now that they are 8 and 6, it’s their turn to pick up the books and read to me… neither one of them will have any part of it. It breaks my heart really, I so badly want to raise readers. So this lesson planning mama is back to the drawing board looking for more ways to get my kids reading… hopefully in time I will be able to call them book worms! Getting my kids to read is one mission I will NOT give up on.

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5 Tips for Getting Kids to Read

1. Get them hooked on a character. Little M received Penny and Her Doll for Christmas. She dove right in, it was the first book she has shown any interest in reading all on her own. In fact she insisted on finishing it herself (YIPEE!) As it turns out there are 3 Penny books. I immediately grabbed them from the library and had them waiting. Getting her to read became a breeze!

2. Choose the right books. Use the five finger rule to make sure the books you are providing are not too hard. Have your reader pick a page and read, you can hold up one finger for every word that they can’t read. If you get to 5 the book is too hard. When you choose the right books you are setting your kids up for success, which will make reading so much more fun.

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3. Let Reading Eggs help. I will be the first to admit that I’ve resisted looking towards technology for help in getting my kids to read. I like books. I like holding them in my hand. When I agreed to try out Reading Eggs I had no idea that it would take such a hold in our house. It’s been AMAZING! The kids are choosing Reading Eggs over any other screen time activity and asking for “just a few more minutes”.  The other day I came up behind Big M to peek at what he was doing. I was shocked to find him reading… a book… during screen time! WHAT?!?!? (and of course YAY!!!!!)

4. Add a reading challenge. My niece is very much like my sister (a compliment for sure!). They both really like to win and they both really like to compete. When my nieces first grade teacher started a challenge (read 10 books on your own and win a prize) my niece became unstoppable. She was determined to be the first to finish 10 books.

If you have a kid who loves a challenge check out this Read-to Cure Challenge from Reading Egg. Kids sign up for a FREE 5 week trial of Reading Eggs. From February 3 to March 7 they can complete as many books and Reading Eggs lessons as they can. Friends and family can sponsor their reading efforts and all the money raised will go to the NCCS (The National Children’s Cancer Society). Super cool, right?

5.Notice the reading they are already doing. This one is strictly a “note to self” but of course if it helps someone else, that’s awesome too. Stop trying to force a love of reading down their throat. They can’t learn to enjoy reading with a Mom who is constantly evaluating their reading passion. Celebrate the times they read a flyer on at the grocery store… just because. Or the times they ask you to wait before flipping the page because they are reading the words laced into the illustrations. Or the times they are reading over your shoulder as you write the grocery list. They will learn to love reading in their own way and their own time! So chill out!!! 

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Your turn! How do you get your kids to read?

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  1. I like your tips #2 and #5. I’ve never heard of the five-finger rule, although in my case it’s probably too early since my four-year-old is just now starting to read on his own. But I don’t try to have him read every word; usually just the ones that I think are up his alley.

    And yes, sometimes we just have to stop forcing books down their throat and instead encourage the ones that they pick up, even if we’ve read it a zillion times or we’re bored sick of it. Great tips!

    1. Not just you Rebecca! I messed up when entering the link… thank you for letting me know. It’s all fixed now. Go check it out! We love ReadingEggs!

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