Saturday, May 4, 2013

Reluctant and Struggling Readers


If you have a struggling reader at home there are some tips that can help you to motivate them to read. Here are some things to think about before you try some reading activities with your reluctant reader. Reading 30 minutes a day helps your child get into the routine of reading. It becomes expected before bed. Allow your child to choose his or her own reading materials. Do not put them in a box; the first step is getting them to read often and for pleasure. Last, remember children model behavior. If your child never sees you read what makes you think he or she will believe that they need to read.  A struggling or reluctant reading is not the end of the world. Instead of freaking out and overloading them with work, help them find enjoyment in reading, and it will become natural in no time!

Here are five tips to help your struggling reader:
  • Pair books with audio. Whether you go to the library and get books on CD, tablet or phone this gives your child the opportunity to interact with the text in a different way.
  • Create your own audio books. Record your child reading ; play it back and read along with the book.
  • Turn the closed captioning on your TV or DVD. This way your child can see how images, spoken, and written language work together.
  • Comic books. Comic books are fun to read and not as text heavy as books. Comic are a great way to get your struggling reader involved in reading.
  • Wordless books. Wordless books allow children to come up with their own version of the story. It encourages creativity and builds on language skills.


Here are some book suggestions for your struggling reader:
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee illustrated Kadir Nelson
  • Keena Ford series by Melissa Thomson
  • Miami Jackson Series by Patricia McKissack, Fredrick McKissack and Michael Chesworth
  • Christopher Paul Curtis books
  • Hip Hop Speaks to Children with CD: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat (A Poetry Speaks Experience) by Nikki Giovanni, Alicia Vergel de Dios, Damian Ward, and Kristen Balouch
  • Shel Sliverstine poetry books
  • The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby by George Beard and Harold Hutchins illustrated by Dav Pilkey. (Creators of Captain Underpants)
  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Mr. Chickee's Funny Money by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  • Falling Up by Shel Silverstein
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

See a more extensive list of books in the “Book List” tab above.

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2 comments:

  1. Great suggestions! It's also important for struggling readers to develop a love for reading. Set a good example by always having something to read yourself. Read to your child, even chapter books! It is good for them to hear a fluent reader. This is a great conversation to have Candid, especially for our boys.

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  2. Great comment! Thanks for adding that teacher insight Mrs. King aka Ms. Telman!

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