Reluctant readers pose a literary conundrum; how to engage them as a prospective audience? The key to hooking a reluctant reader is to make reading a fun activity, one that they will cherish and embrace rather than avoid.
Reading does not have to be a chore; rather it should be seen as a worthwhile endeavour befitting all persons. There are several key strategies and simple tips that can possibly help turn your reluctant reader into a bookworm.
The literary selection needs to be a choice. It does not behoove a reluctant reader to have somebody pick out a book that they believe he or she should read. With choice, a reluctant reader takes on a form of ownership over reading that may have been previously lacking.
Parents often attempt to select books for their children that they assume are right, but the child needs to pick of their own accord. Reading skills, whether lacking or merely reluctant, need to be measured against their own ability, not judged against other readers. The barometer of a reader is the reader, and any progress and success emanates from their own strides.
Another simple method for attempting to make reading fun for reluctant readers is to co-read. When you take the time to sit down with your child and engage in a book, the level of interest rises. Co-reading can be fun for both of you, and it should be switched up time and again, within the confines of the same book, so that the material is covered in its entirety by the reluctant reader.
To begin, take turns reading one sentence at a time. This can be easily switched up so that all of the material is covered. As you co-read, make sure to model the correct punctuation usage, intonation, pitch, tone, vocabulary, and enthusiasm necessary to enjoy the reading. Tweaking the order of these readings will help the reluctant reader to master all of the text.
Visits to the library are essential when trying to persuade a reluctant reader to doff that mindset and become a prolific reader. A regular visit to the library can pique the curiosity of a child, and the parent can use the opportunity to model the correct behaviour by signing out books for their own reading purposes.
Allow your child to subscribe to an appropriate magazine as a part of their reluctance elimination. The hope and joy associated with getting a magazine in the mail can eliminate a portion of the reluctance simply by becoming responsible for the material.
When you take the time to read with a child, even more so with a reluctant reader, they will begin to form a habit. Parents and teachers should make every earnest effort to make reading fun for children. The more enthusiastic that a person is while they read, the more fun it is for the person that is listening and following along.
A child that is a reluctant reader needs to have a role model for reading. The concept of role playing allows the child to assume a different identity and have a fresh, clean slate with which to work. As the child begins to read, incognito, they may adopt a new persona, one that perhaps is instilled with more moxie and confidence, and the reading skills may begin to fall into place.
Children need to read; it can help them to explore the world in new and exciting fashions. A reluctant reader is one that usually has not been shown how fascinating the world of literature actually is, and has become apathetic towards reading.