Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Provide Fun Reading for Kids

My college age daughter was doing some research on literacy and found out that boys weren't doing as well in reading. The problem was that the reading materials that were presented to them in school was not all that interesting to them.

Yes, I know that reading materials in the schools may not be all that interesting to anyone. But the key is that we want to keep our kids learning; it will help to improve the literacy rates in the future if we do.

So find out what your kids are interested in reading, and provide them with some books that are appealing to them. If they aren't really interested in "books", check out comic books and/or song lyrics. Perhaps they'll want to sing along to their favorite artists.

Have them dictate a story to you, write their words down, and then read it back to them. If they are also writing, reverse the roles, and dictate a story to them, for them to read back to you. It can be a made up story, or and experience story, or about something that they would like to do.

Change things up a bit by having them write with a paint brush. Get some poster board or larger paper so that they can write l a r g e.

You don't have to do all of the above; the idea is to provide some fun reading activities that are outside of the school environment that is just for fun.

If you have any other ideas, please share.

Here are some interesting books for various ages.

Cheryl Paton