Are you frustrated with the lack of pleasure reading your tweens or teens are doing? Parents and teachers have all heard the excuses:
I have too much homework.
I’d rather play sports.
There aren’t any books I like.
I’ll just read what’s on my phone.
Battles ensue and no one wins. Thankfully, help has arrived in a 170 page guide written by Kaye Newton. She made it through the wars and found peace with her three children, age ten, eleven and fourteen.
Kaye covers all the whys of this reading problem and what to do about it in your own home. Part one covers Understanding Reading Motivations and Challenges. Part two is an in-depth look at Carrying Out a Reading Project.
Her suggestions are wide ranging depending on the child. Backed by research and her own experience, the methods give you an excellent chance of turning kids into self motivated, independent readers. It wraps up with a chapter on how to get your schools to promote a reading culture.
Throughout, she answers questions from other concerned adults. This one has crossed my paths several times: I’ve read that boys’ reading-comprehension skills are dropping faster than girls’. Any advice about encouraging boys to read? Her answer is spot on and includes book choices for video gamers, humor loving kids, and sports fans to name a few.
Other book recommendations cover the ages from ten to sixteen. The key here is a broad selection of books whether it’s for a sixteen year-old social media loving girl or a ten year old who will read nothing but graphic novels.
A helpful set of book and web resources are listed in the back pages and included one I have used often: Reading Rockets.
Another plus is a handy glossary of reading terms educators and publishers use. Understanding confusing words like Accelerated Reader Software, Lexile level, hi-lo books, and DEAR will put you on an even playing field.
Even if you already have a home of book loving kids, you’ll still find creative ways to increase their pleasure in reading through these inspired words.
Coming up next week is another…
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