Thursday, September 1, 2011

Back to School Series #1-Reluctant Reader? Some Tips!

School started for me on Monday.
My days are spent getting the Media Center in my school ready for those excited young faces who will arrive next Tuesday morning.

I've been reading all the fun "Back-to-School" posts that show all kinds of crafts, teacher gifts, posters, etc.
That got me to thinking......there seems to be a lot of interest in "Back-To-School"

Well....since I have been "going back to school" for a whole lot of years, I thought I would do a series on "Back to School" too.

Now I love crafts, fun recipes and cute school clothes as much as any of you...but that is NOT what this series is about.
This series will focus on ways to help your child (and you) connect school and home....sort of your own little Parent Information Night....except you can come in your jammies and you don't have to sit in those little chairs!

Two of the most popular posts I wrote this summer were about children's books.....
Read-A-Loud Recommendations and A Great List of Picture Books

We all want our students to be readers!
We know that the more kids read the more they know!
Some kids naturally LOVE to read....if you are a parent of one of THOSE don't have too much to worry about.
Kids who love to read will read all the time and get better and better at reading!

Some kids DO NOT LOVE to read....if you are a parent of one of THOSE worry ALL the time!

And I bet all that worrying doesn't help much....
What you need are some concrete suggestions!

5 Quick Tips To Try

1. ....STOP worrying, fussing and begging....making reading a battleground just defeats the purpose!

2. .... DISCOVER your child's passion and look for books, magazines or Internet sites that are about the things your child loves.
Soccer, Earthquakes, Wars, Legos, Skateboarding.....There are great books about all of these things.
This Reading List Works with Kids Who Love Reading and Those Who Don't
Guys Read a great site with book lists on all kinds of subjects that GUYS (and some girls) will love.

3. .....REMEMBER that reading is reading! Your child does NOT have to read stories or novels!  If YOU are reading are READING and it isn't a novel!
If your child likes the computer....try these sites:
StoryLine On-Line
Celebrities read favorite books to your student....then go to the library and check the book out.

James Earl Jones, Betty White and will love them too.

KOL Jr. Stories 
Lots of stories....listen and read along to lots of favorites including some of the Arthur books

National Geographic Online Edition

Read Articles, play games and enjoy photos from on this high quality site.
The articles are short non-fiction snippets that kids will enjoy!

4. ....Let your child SAMPLE a book using Amazon
This is something that kids LOVE to do....log into Amazon Children's Books
Look through the colorful illustrated book suggestions or search a topic that your child likes and use the LOOK INSIDE! feature....your child will be able to read a few pages of a book to decide if it something worth reading...then off to the library to check it out....if it isn't a favorite....sneaky still got some reading time in.
5.  .....WRITE something for your child to read!
Many of you READING this are WRITERS!  Many of you WRITE on your blogs every day!  Write a personal story about your child or something you remember from when you were little....Read it out loud to your child....add some pictures.
You can even publish it using any number publishing tools like Snapfish, iPhoto, Walgreens! I PROMISE you that your child will read it over and over again!
Now...I have to get some things ready for my last workshop day before kids come to school next week.
I am one of those people who LOVE to I need to find some time to read some of your wonderful blogs....
Coming Soon...#2 in the Back to School Series!

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Anonymous said...

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Laura said...

Great tips! Thanks for linking up for Footloose and Fancy Free:)

Max Elliot Anderson said...

I grew up hating to read. You might be interested in the adventures & mysteries I write for readers 8 - 13 today.

Elizabeth said...

Thanks for sharing these wonderful sites!

More Than A Mom

Unknown said...

I found this at just the right time! My 7 year old son has been not wanting to read his AR books this year. I actually just wrote a note to his teacher Friday for some tips. Thank you so much for sharing:)

Anonymous said...

Great post!

Cacheymama said...

Hello! Thanks for sending me this link. These are some great ideas! Also, thanks for stopping by my blog. I would love to have you as a follower. I have a giveaway going on currently that you should enter. Here is the link:
One more thing. I have a feature called Wishlist Wednesday and I was wondering if you would be interested in doing a one-time guest post for me? Please let me know. It can be anything classroom or child related. Thanks again!

Gale said...

This is a great list! I've got a couple more tips to add to it that I tried with my reluctant reader.

1. Ask relatives to send your children letters to read.
2. Read parts with your children. Like, if I am reading a story I will have my child read all the parts in quotes that a certain character says (a character he likes) and I'll read the rest. This works really well with comic books and graphic novels.
3. Find books where there is special text (text in funny fonts or like in "The monster at the end of this book" and only have your child read the special words. Sometimes kids respond to the funny lettering and want to try to read that.

Sweetwater Style said...

Gale, thanks for the addition to the conversation....Your ideas are great!
helping kids become successful at reading is so important...I hope more people join in!

The Charm of Home said...

Oh, you have some great tips here! Yes, I was lucky I read things to my boys they liked and they got hooked into reading. It isn't always that easy for other children. Thank you for sharing this at Home Sweet Home!

Unknown said...

These are all such wonderful suggestions to promote reading! I am sooo lucky that my daugheter loves reading and my boys love to be read to.. hopefully they will love reading too! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next time!

Unknown said...

Oh, I love to read to and my daughter likes to read also. Thanks a lot for this informative and helpful article! Thanks for sharing this with us and we hope to see more of this informative post!

have a lovely weekend!


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