Teaching Kids To Love Reading. One of our family’s New Year’s Resolutions was reading. I was the kid who got in trouble for hiding under my blanket with a flashlight and reading until a ridiculous hour. So I was shocked when our kiddos did not take to reading as enthusiastically as I did. But here’s what I’ve learned: every kiddo has their own way. So it’s my job to find the path that gets each of my Littles enthusiastic about books. So, here’s some different thoughts on amazing books and how to invest your little people.
Teaching Kids To Love Reading
- What are they interested in? So, my 7 year old Zoe is crazed about Minecraft. I immediately ordered 3-4 books about Minecraft on Amazon.com. I didn’t pay attention: the fonts in the boks varied, they were oddly styled and hard to read. They just made her more frustrated. So we started with some of the “New World” instructions on her iPad. We read about diamond armor and th Ender Dragon. Then, we graduated into Minecraft technique posts. I read a paragraph, she read a paragraph. We were reading together… and yeah, now she’s into the “Friendly Creeper Diaries.
- You Read To Me, I’ll Read To You: It’s actually the name of a book series, but it was an “Oh, duh!” moment for me. We always read together when Zoe was little, but now that she’s in second grade, I’d just intended to check off the books she’d read on her homework list. What is wrong with me? This is an age where she actually wants to hang with me. And it’s not even just her reading to me- it’s reading back and forth, asking questions about the story and laughing at silly things.
- Make It Fun: Once again, this one took me by surprise. What do you mean, reading isn’t fun? So we came up with some ideas. During the summer, we read in our trampoline tent dome (Editor’s note: you can find an easy DIY video for this epic little creation here.) We acted out all the dialogue in different accents. (Zoe is very proud of her Cockney accent.) We’ve listened to audio books together to get her excited, then re-read the book together. We’ve created her own books- writing out different stories with her clever illustrations. There’s easy ready-made books here to use to create your own classics.
Here’s one of my favorite graphic novel kits. One of my favorite experiences with the twin’s 7th grade class was creating their own graphic novels. It’s not particularly expensive and the fun of watching these kids collaborate and create together is one of my most tender memories. They created a super-hero with autism, who could move back and forth in time to solve crimes because “For kids with autism,” said their classmate Jerry, “it’s hard for us to understand time anyway.”
What has worked with your kiddos? What made them finally want to learn to love reading? Share! Discuss! We all need new tips and tricks.