How to Keep them Reading…
We started our summer with a challenge at our house. Can you complete 15 novels by the end of summer? Yes, there was some bribery involved but the other piece was simply talking about the importance of keeping them reading (yes I may have even given them statistics!) Keeping their brains active and involved in books over the summer is key to stopping backwards slide. It’s also a great way to connect as a family. By reading books together you can take adventures in your imaginations and have lots of great things to talk about. We are currently reading Treasure Island and although it’s a Classic, I heard my kids playing “Treasure Island” with their lego yesterday!! The more we talk about the books we are reading the more reading becomes part of your family dialogue!!
Talking about Reading
Often when our kids get old enough to read on their own we stop talking to them about reading.
Talking to your children about what they are reading is a great way to connect, for teens and pre-teens this is also a great way to talk about some bigger topics (Find a list of some great books to start conversations here) without them feeling too pressured or embarrassed. Reading books that your children are reading is a great way of connecting as well. At times preteens and teenagers can feel distant and hard to relate to, by keeping them reading, and reading the same thing it creates many opportunities to connect on different levels.
For younger children, so many books have great teaching opportunities about different scenarios and are great teaching tools (Find a list of some great Social Emotional Learning booksHere ).
Make Connections – When your child is reading help them make connections to other things (things you’ve done, things they’ve seen, world events). Making these connections creates meaning and helps engage your child more deeply into what they are reading. Being able to connect to characters and events are also help create great teachable moments!
Catch Me Up – Instead of drilling them with reading comprehension questions, sit next to them and simply ask them to catch you up on where they are, this “retelling” is great practice and helps your child remember and recall all that has taken place in their book.
Make Predictions – Talk about what has been happening so far in the story and then ask about what they think will happen next. When the book is over you can practice INFERRING what you think could happen next!
Most of All Keep Them Reading!!!