How To Encourage A Reluctant Reader
Children's fluency doesn't increase unless they are reading just
There are too many reasons why kids are reluctant to read. One reason is because it is too hard, and the second is because it's not very interesting to them. To encourage them, you want to definitely let kids read stuff that's at their level. Don't force your child to read a fourth grade book if she's really reading at a second grade level. Instead, try to find some second grade books that are a good fit for her and that she's interested in. All reluctant readers will get there, but children's fluency doesn't increase unless they are reading just a smidge above their level. When a child is reading two grade levels ahead, it's not actually helping their fluency at all. Comprehension might increase, but that requires a whole lot of talking. If they can't read a book properly they don't know what's going on. Reading together is a good way to at least keep reluctant readers interested in books, and try to help improve their skills as you're going along. Try to find books that they are interested in. This sometimes means a lot of hunting: maybe it's non-fiction, maybe it's books about sports people, maybe it's books about actors and actresses, etc. Magazines are great for reluctant readers. I don't actually mind - children can read "Teen People", they can read like car magazines or "Nintendo" magazines. If they're just looking for cheat codes this isn't helpful, but if they'll read the articles, that's good! It's still practice, it's still them doing something; it's them getting information they want from written material. Lastly, comic books are fine. Comic books and graphic novels are becoming really popular and they're good for some reluctant readers who really want short things - but it's still reading, and these are all things that help build skills at the elementary level.
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