Inside: Best reading tip ever plus printable reading log for kids!
Here is the problem… Some kids are book worms by nature and others avoid books like they are icky green vegetables.
I don’t know what causes this divide but I do have one clever trick up my sleeve to help convert reading haters into book lovers.
A retired teacher and family friend, shared this trick when I ran into book-phobia with my daughter. Just like my friend said, this trick works like a gem.
We know we should encourage our kids to read. It’s often said kids should read 20+ minutes each day. But when our kids hate reading, the outburst of whining doesn’t seem worth the fight.
Studies have found that children who read 15–29 minutes per day, between Kindergarten and 12th grade will encounter an average of 5.7 million words. [source]
That’s a whole lot of words!
“The link between academic failure, delinquency, and crime is welded to reading failure.” – The Nations Report card.Gov
Luckily you can change your child’s approach to reading with a clever reading hack.
Are you ready? It’s so simple I don’t want you to miss it …
Read the first chapter of each book with your child out loud.
Drop into the couch cushions together and read the first chapter with your child out loud.
Take a few minutes away from the dirty dishes, bill paying, and Instagram notifications because reading out loud is helpful for so many reasons:
- Your child will sink into the book’s setting, main characters, and plot intro, increasing their comprehension.
- Actively spending time with your child allows them to create positive thoughts about reading.
- Reading becomes more of an “activity” versus a chore.
“The nurturing and one-on-one attention from parents during reading aloud encourages children to form a positive association with books and reading later in life.” Reach Out and Read, Archives of Disease in Childhood, Reading Aloud to Children: The Evidence, 2008.
Many glowing book reviews follow up the praise with a statement like this:
“But give it a couple of chapters. It’s a little slow at first. It takes a minute to get really into it.” The same thing goes for kids’ experiences with books…
We’ve all done this drill:
- Toss them a new book
- Set the timer for 20 mins
- Tell them to read
- Walk away expecting them to instantly devour the book like it’s a plate of warm chocolate chip cookie.
Sometimes kids need a little nudge. Reading out loud will do that.
“Reading aloud to young children is not only one of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory. Bardige, B. Talk to Me, Baby! (2009), Paul H Brookes Pub Co.
After you have read the first chapter, let them read the rest solo.
Repeat the process the next time they start a new book.
Printable Reading Log for Kids
To help keep reading even more exciting I designed a printable reading log for kids. Download it for free below!
Kids do well with visual reminders, like the reading chart! You can also check their comprehension with the book report form!
Consider including a reward when your kids complete their reading goal!
The Printable Reading Log for Kids Kit is free and includes 7 printables, all focused on helping kids read and making it fun!
- Reading Chart
- Book Report Form
- Book Report Form (Non-Writer)
- Books I’ve Read
- Books I Want To Read
- Reward Coupons
Try this clever reading tip and these 7 free printables to turn your kiddo into a bookworm!
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