A Reluctant Reader


Hmmm… What would you do with a reluctant reader? Have you ever had a child come up to you and say I can’t read? As a former teacher, I have heard that word many times, CAN’T ! “I can’t tie my shoes, I can’t zip my coat, I can’t clean up my mess, and I can’t read!” In my home and classroom, CAN’T was not allowed to be said. Instead have your child repeat this: “I can do it!” “I will do it!” “I did it!” Here are some positive steps I have used:

Find their interests:

  1. hobby
  2. sports
  3. animal stories
  4. historical events

Be a role model:

  1. read to your child daily or before bedtime
  2. read with your child once a week
  3. create a special time for all family members to read and nothing else

Take a trip to your public library:

  1. go to a library puppet show
  2. go to library story hour
  3. create a library scavenger hunt
  4. choose a topic to explore at the public library

Reading in the kitchen:

  1. ask your child to read a recipe for you
  2. let your child find the correct measuring spoon or cup
  3. with supervision, let your child turn the knob on the oven to the correct setting

Reading at the grocery store:

  1. let your child read the grocery list to you
  2. let your child read labels
  3. let your child find the correct food aisle or price for an item

Reading on a car trip:

  1. play “I Spy”
  2. look for certain signs
  3. let children read letters on car license plates/ stores

Most importantly, let your child discover, “Everywhere you look is reading!” I would like to invite you to share your ideas for teaching children to enjoy reading. What would you say or do with a reluctant reader?

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