Hello.. how did u get your child to read more

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Jackie - posted on 04/29/2009

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Our system really works!! SO much in fact, that my son is reading and doing BETTER in all subjects in school. Because reading depends on soo much ability to learn, its important kids read as much as they can.

My 10yr old son LOVES video games. We told him that for every chapter he reads, he earns 15minutes of video game-time. Then he can add up that time at the end of the week, and play video games that weekend. It motivates him to read and earn more time for the next week. SO... whatever your child likes to do... let him/her earn more time doing their favorite thing for every chapter he/she reads. ITS AMAZING how well it motivates the child.. and he/she will start to read books for fun!! My son loves to read now.

God Bless

Cookie - posted on 04/29/2009

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"Every other saturday we go to the library & check out books in the Young Adult section, The books are up-to-date & pretty much covers the ages between 10 & 19.Once you yourself have read these books you can pass them to your child to read, once they are done reading you can have a discussion about the book, most of the Young Adult books will have a Discussion Question sheet in the back of the book to help you get a better wording that your child can understand. Check it out @ your local library. My daughter is 10 & Luv to read. It's nice to be able to share books, discuss it and spend time together.

Dara - posted on 04/29/2009

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My boys are 11 and 13 and we read every night at 8:00 for at least 30 minutes. Sometimes we take turns reading, sometimes I read to them, sometimes all 3 of us have our own books to read. This has been a routine for our family for many years. We have read and re-read several books many times over. Once of my boys is into mystery and sports books while the other has gotten into the Twilight series. Their tastes in books will broaden and change in time, so always keep your eye open for something they may like. Set an example by reading yourself. If you choose to use a reward or incentive system, my advice is to do long term rewards or incentives. If you read 5 days a week, you get...whatever the reward is. If you read 20 - 30 mins, 4 days a week for 2 weeks, you get.... The reward or incentive needs to be based on a pattern of reading, for this will develop the routine. Good luck and have fun!

Charlene - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi, Miss Librarian here lol has been my personal goal to help my friends kids and the kids at my son's school to be readers. My ten year old son is an avid reader. Almost every night we sit together for a 30 - 45 minute read. He reads a chapter then I read one or more. It keeps things going so we can get to the ending quicker which seemed to be an issue when he started reading novels, they took to long and he got bored. Many people only read to thier kids when they are little, don't stop. It is my favorite part of the day with him. His favorite books when he was younger were Dr. Suess and he stills likes to pull them out once in awhile. Make it FUN, read Foxs in Socks to your kids and challenge them to do it better. Another really fun series is Skippy Jon Jones (geared 4-8) but we still read it to be silly. You don't want it to be like a chore. I let him read almost anything (well not adult novels) but fiction, non fiction, magazines and newspapers. Try going to a used book store and letting your child pick out a few items, my son loves doing this.



A really big hit for the reading resistant are Graphic novels, I personal can't stand them but they are appealing to alot of kids. There is a pokemon series, Yugioh all kinds really. Just check them over and look for an age rating as them make adult graphic novels as well that you wouldnt want your kid to pick up. Also good are magazines, good series is the Magic Tree house books or goosebumps.

Hope this helps.

Casey-Lee - posted on 04/28/2009

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They need to like what they read. Even a magazine is a start. Take your child to a store and let them pick. The Choose Your Own Adventure type books (eg if you want to open the door go to page 15) are great as the ending is different every time, so they get familiar with the first part & reading that part isn't a chore...then the ending is a surprise!! Cost effective too.

Marie - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hi,

What I do is every night I get out the kitchen timer and make my 11 year old sit down with me or even while I am cooking, etc. and she has to read for a full 30 minutes. If she doesn't, she doesn't get t.v. or any other priveledges for the night. It works.Good luck!!

Maria - posted on 04/27/2009

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Have you tried having your child pick the books he/she likes? Our kids read so much in school as it is that are suggested by their teachers that are not necessarily what they want to read that they turn their noses to reading after a while. My kids were like that until I started bringing them to Barnes and Noble just to sit and read any books they like. We 'd sit for an hour, then two, then we'd spend half a day on a weekend until on summers they enjoy going to read on their own. One enjoys adventure and humor, the other non-fiction. You might want to try that.

Heather - posted on 04/26/2009

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My son is 14 and the best way to get him to read is to find something he's really interested in. Have a lot of different books for them to choose from. Trips to the bookstore are a special treat in our house. He gets to choose a book and likes taking his time and finding a good one. Also setting up a special place for them to read can be helpful. Get a creative lamp and a cozy beanbag and make it their special place.

Jamie - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son is just now at age 10 getting to where he doesn't really like to read. His school has these really cool Accelerated Reader program that takes them on over night camping trips and this year to spend the night on the USS Kidd a retired military ship. Last year they went to the Reinisance Fair in Dallas. I talked to him about getting to go on these trips because of the extra work he put out and we agreed that he would pick out books that sparked his interest and he would read 1 hr every night. At first he dreaded it but now it is like a game to see how long it takes to finish the book. So my suggestion is go to the school library see if they have searched for grants for their AR program and use those to reward the kids with something cool like this.

Shana - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter didn't like reading at all. "It is boring," she would say. When she was in grade 7, there was a reading contest at school. They had to read anything (books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets ) for points and the kids with a lot of points got prizes. I added to this by saying that I would give her $5 for every book that she read. Well, I ended up giving her $75!!! But now she likes reading because she found books that she really enjoyed and she says that she "likes getting into the stories"

Laura - posted on 04/25/2009

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You have to find the kind of books you child is into. My son age 11 likes mostly non-fiction books he does like kid books like Diary of a Whimpy Kid. He is into the Harry Potter movies so I have told him that he will read/listen to the book Half Blooded Prince if he wants to see it. (I know I'm mean). My daughter age 8 likes fiction as of right now.

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