How can I encourage my girls to become better readers?

Bella - posted on 10/01/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I could really use some help here guys..I would like to encourage my daughters to become better readers and to love to read. The problem is that in this day & age kids have way to many high tech gadgets to keep them occupied and would rather do other things then to sit and read a book. I read a bed time story whenever possible and have officially turned off the t.v. (they need the computer for homework assignments) but they still don't want to read??!?!?!?! What gives???And how can I change this???!??! Please tell me I'm not alone on this.

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Nyssa - posted on 10/01/2010

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How old are they? My two oldest do AR (Accelerated Reading) in school. They have to read a book, and then are tested on it. The school rewards them when they get so many points. My 5th grader didn't really want to read much last year, but this year his teacher is really big on AR, and he is supposed to read atleast 20min. a day. I think he is also seeing the stuff his younger brother is getting to bring home. My 3rd grader is the bookworm. He has almost 200pts. and my 5th grader only 75. The younger one got a free pass for a movie and a free scholastic book among other things from the school because of how many pts. he has. I think that is motivation enough. Also, I've heard that if you read yourself, infront of your children, they will see this and want to read more. I do think that I read more to my 2nd born earlier and more often then my oldest. Only because when my 2nd born was a baby he would sit with us while I read to the oldest. It's odd, though, because my kids love being read to, and we have a ton of books. I don't think my sister-in-laws realized that until they all started having children...saying how good reading is. My kids would always want to be read to when we would visit my husband's side of the family, but every time we read to our neices and nephew, they don't seem all that interested. Sorry, I'm kinda all over the place. Thing is. I think it really does matter how soon, and how often you do start reading to them when they are little. I can really see the difference in my two oldest anyway.

Donna - posted on 10/01/2010

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i assume you just need to work with them. buy board games where you have to read the cards and set boundries on how much they are on thoes hi-tech gadgets.

Elizabeth - posted on 10/01/2010

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Hi,
I went through something silmiliar with my son. I introduced him to my favorite books in his age range, most were scholastic published books but some other titles I loved as a girl, "Amelia Bedelie", all "Nancy Drew", and the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. Consider what genres they individually lean towards...comedy, suspense, etc. *Also the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books get the child involved by allowing them to choose how it ends.* Let them find a place in the house where they feel cozy, to read on their own or together. I also wish you good luck in your efforts.

Vicky - posted on 10/01/2010

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My 9 year old daughter loves to read but will only read certain books, short stories, tv programs, and big named childrens writers. (Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Cathy Cassidy and Cathy Hopkins are her favourite bigger book writers. Horrid Henry, disney, highschool musical are her tv ones. My son on the otherhand hates books and we have reading competions to see who can read the most books in a week/month. Winner picks daytrip out to where they like, money allowing of course. Quiz seems to work they have to find the answers while reading from a book if you get them to a really exciting part of the book to start with they sometimes forget to even answer them because they don't want to stop. Another is to get the book ds game and let them read some off there so they don't have the book to hold. Hope some of these help good luck.

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