“Put down that game and pick up a book!” Sound familiar? You’ve either heard it as a child or you’ve said it as a parent. If your kid hasn’t found their favorite series or genre yet or if your child, like many kids across the world, have trouble reading, getting them to read at school and at home can be quite a feat. But, whether your child struggles with reading or reads all the time, these three strategies will have them reading all the time without even realizing!
Okay, I know what you’re thinking, “comic books are toys.” And, yes, comic books are riddled with fart sounds, bright colors, and cartoons, but, they also provide many academic benefits. Not only do comics get hesitant and developing readers excited about reading, comic books also help kids learn about specific topics (especially in science and history), and helps them understand dialogue and point of view. Don’t know where to start? Classic Marvel series and the hilarious Captain Underpants Series (my childhood favorite) were popular picks in my classroom library. You can check this list of kid-friendly comics as well.
2. Closed Captioning
During my Parent Teacher conferences this suggestion often left my students very excited and left their parents very skeptical. Nonetheless, closed captioning, or using subtitles while watching T.V., can help improve your child’s literacy in many ways. Believe it or not, closed captioning does more than force your child to read the words at the bottom of the screen. The words help early readers match words with sounds, helps them with spelling, and helps early readers with word identification. Some studies even show that closed captions help the viewer read faster and pick up more vocabulary words.
Like board games, cooking with your child goes way beyond just improving your their reading level. Not only do you get a chance to bond, but you’re teaching an important life skill at the same time. As far as reading is concerned, following a recipe allows kids to put events in chronological order (sequencing) and helps them pick up more vocabulary words; two very important parts of reading comprehension in grades 1-3. Not to mention that sight words like ‘in’, ‘under’, ‘a’, ‘to’, and many other ‘must know’ words for young readers appear over and over again in recipes and provide great practice.
What are some creative ideas you use to get your child reading? Comment below or tell me on Twitter!