What is an easy way to motivate a 1st grader to read?


Carol - posted on 06/19/2010




I have too that if you read things he enjoys it encourages. My daughter didn't want to read certain books. So what i would do was read a sentance and then have her read a sentance. Then we upped to a paragraph. Then it was after that if she would read a book to me I would read a book to her. Let your child go to the Library and get his own card. I keep up with my daughter's but when it comes time for her to check out her books she gives them the card and gives it back to me. Then we count the books and she keeps up with all of them. Also don't stick to just books, Let him read comics the funnies in the newspaper. Also pick a subject that he is passionate about. then help him choose books about it. Tell him he gets to read those along with some others that you would like him to read. Katie started out at the back of the classone year and this past year she was at the top of the class the next. Also if the child has younger siblings at home, Let him read to them. Katie is an only child but my nephews who are 3and 5 think it is awesome that she is almost 8 and can read to them like their mommy or their auntie. Don't get discouraged he'll come around:)

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My son just finished up 1st grade & he could read actually quite well he just didn't want to take the time to do it. His teacher started a program where they earned reading points for each book they read. After a certain amount of points they were able to pick out a prize. If you don't like to reward your son with prizes maybe trips to the park or something else he loves to do? Oh also I read to make sure you acknowledge how hard they worked & hang it up so they know you are proud. Maybe you could make your own certificates for him when he reads so many books? Good luck, its funny how stubborn little kids can be!

Sally - posted on 06/19/2010




Try finding books or magazines about topics that he likes. You can also have him help you cook and have him read the directions from the recipe or package. There are all kinds of ways that you can "sneak" in reading if he is unwilling to sit down and read from a book.

Angie - posted on 06/18/2010




Start reading to your child as infants and they will always love a story. When they get old enough, they will, likely, naturally read on their own. Find a subject that your child is passionate about and start reading with him/her - he/she reads a page, your read a page. Ask a lot of questions as you read; "what do you think will happen next?" "isn't this a scary part?" When you're done with the book talk about it, "what was your favorite part?" "What did you learn new?" Then immediately go to the library and get another. It'll take a lot of work but you can do it!!!


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Jey - posted on 06/22/2010




I´ve had the problem with my son before , he prefered to watch tv instead of reading a book , so i just told him one day that the Tv is not working anymore and went with him in a bookstore , got me and him a book which he has chosen .At home i was askin him to read it loud to his siblings since they cant read yet , and he did , i motivated him by telling him that he is a big boy now and he is doin it great . Now he is readin almost everyday and very often he is reading for his lil brother to get him asleep !

Alicia - posted on 06/21/2010




I bought the Leapster Tag game. It is so fun and my 7 year old daughter and 2 year old son both use it and love it. It is a talking pen that is programed to the books. Run the pen accross the page and it will read each word sounding it out by syllables, then u run the pen accoss icons and it will test them on the page they read. They have princess books, high school musical, chica chica boom boom, little mermaid, spiderman, busy spider, dora, diago,, etc. the pen with the hookups and a book is 60 dollors and each book after that is about 15. The pen has to down load the stories off the cds that come with the starter kit. But it is a good system and when your busy, I am a single mom so sometimes I can't help them as much as I should but this pen with help them when you can't. Wal Mart and Toys R' Us have it.

Autumn - posted on 06/21/2010




My son wouldn't look at anything unless it had to do with farms and machinery. So I took my trade magazines and we looked at them together. Reading to him and asking him to answer questions helped to get him interested in finding things out. So I guess the biggest thing for him was finding where his interest were and exploiting them to the fullest!

Patricia - posted on 06/21/2010




Find books on topics he/she likes my son hated to read except for snake books then Star Wars books now he loves to read Harry Potter. make sure he/she has a library card then bring him/her to pick out books she/he will enjoy.

Tana - posted on 06/21/2010




I have a friend who is a teacher, and I haven't actually tried this yet , but am going to, he said he substituted in a class where the teaher has (fake) glasses for the kids to wear ( that "help" them read).
My son as of yet is the only one in the family that doesn't wear glasses and is always trying to convince us he needs them so he makes them from pipe cleaners or wear sunglasses ect. I am going to get him a pair of lensless ones and see if he can read any better with them...
My oldest learned to love reading when she was introduced to the Harry Potter books.... you couldn't get her nose out of a book.

Ilene - posted on 06/20/2010




Sylvan Learning Center has an online program where the kids can earn points for each time they read called BookAdventure. You can set the goals and set the prizes for them.

Jyoti - posted on 06/18/2010




Thanks! We've done that.. it just seems like he is not interested.. he can read a book but he refuses to read... makes all the excuses in the world..

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