Sneaky ways to get kids to read!
Encouraging children to read can sometimes feel like pulling teeth. It can be tempting to put reading on a chore chart or reward children with prizes after they read a certain amount. However, these tactics may reinforce the idea that reading is a daunting task that must be completed before they can watch T.V. or play outside with their friends. Instead, try some of these tips to get your little one reading!
Young children love asking questions and when they find something interesting, they may want to learn more! No matter what age your child is, take advantage of this curiosity and take a trip to the library. If your kid is fascinated with bugs, they will love reading Bob Barner’s book Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! or Smithsonian Little Explorer book Insects by Martha E. H. Rustad with you. A book about an interesting subject and one on one time with Mom, Dad or an older sibling will help your child associate reading with positive experiences, and motivate them to want to learn to read on their own.
Bring Books to Life
Another sneaky way to encourage kids to love reading is to plan activities or experiments based off of the stories in books that you can do together. Reading a story like Magic School Bus: The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake, A Book about Kitchen Chemistry by Joanna Cole and Linda Ward Beech and baking a cake together while discussing what they learned in the story! A science experiment with slime at home is a fun and unforgettable learning opportunity. Read The Slime Wars, written by Debbie Dadey and experiment with different slime recipes to have fun with reading and science.
Read Before Bed
Send kids to bed with books they love! Fun science fiction books like Aliens Love Underpants, Galaxy Zack, and Magic Treehouse: Dinosaurs before Dark will get kids excited about science and give kids the chance to read on their own, while getting to stay up a bit later.
Every child is different, and there are so many ways to encourage young children to read! What books do your kids love? What tips and tricks have worked to get your kids reading? Let us know! Visit our website at www.TheSTEMShoppe.com and like our page on facebook!
Delia Bayna, M.Ed. is an elementary educator and frequently provides professional development opportunities for K-6 teachers state-wide.