Getting Kids More Into Reading
Reading can be an enjoyable and fun activity for adults and children alike, making it ideal for many kids’ summer enrichment programs. But what is the magic formula to get them to stick to reading, ask their parents what “reading” is, and ultimately “read to me?”
Insight into the Reading Success Strategies (RSS) recommends that kids focus their attention on one book per day and select at least one book a week to read. The group also recommends that kids participate in an online program focused on simple, kid-friendly comprehension activities like name it.
Of course, there are a number of other suggestions for getting kids into reading, including patience, enough reading time, and saving money. A creative way to get children involved in reading is through multimedia. Everything from apps to comics to books can be used to help your kids get excited about reading, and long story books are perfect ways to bring a story to life in a playful way.
Kids seem to really enjoy the cross-media aspect of reading. Readers of all ages seem to agree that a book-based game like Words With Friends is a favorite way to grab a second book for their young readers. The one-on-one relationship that kids have with the virtual characters in a Words With Friends board game is so enjoyable that they practically bond over a project in a fun and creative way. So what’s the secret behind getting them hooked?
Kids love to dance. They also love to move. Making books look like dance steps adds to the fun and reduces the learning curve for their older readers. Take the simplest picture book titles and turn them into an easy-to-follow choreography of one step; click out one of the classic squares, turn it into a cool circle with a bunch of tiny circles; click out the other circle and they’re ready to find their way out of the maze. Even if kids are reluctant readers, having them go through these books in one whirlwind motion encourages them to keep reading them.
Fiction and Nonfiction
Both literacy and biology may be explored together in a quick lesson that the kids can do at their own pace. As in many traditional children’s book series, the youngest children will enjoy colorful, interactive picture books that have colorful animals surrounded by a very detailed environment. The labels may seem hard to read for older kids, so skip to the “please” lines to keep things simple, and by the end, they’ll be able to grasp the full story while collecting a special puzzle piece.
If your kids really love studying, movies can be a powerful learning tool. Kids can keep one eye on the movie going and one on the story, as well as take notes with their iPhones or Google Translate. Not only will a simple card game of a movie instantly improve their language skills, kids can enjoy their own film, rather than being passive consumers. And if your child is reluctant to read books, movies can be the perfect alternative for them as well.