Learning to Read 2: Fostering the Love of Books

Stumped with a Struggling Reader?  Take a Step Back.  Don’t worry about Reading.  Focus on the LOVE of BOOKS

How many of us when faced with struggling readers start searching out the perfect books for them or think if we just could get them to practice reading some more they would finally take off?!?  The longer I have worked with my struggling reader the more convinced I have become that all the coaxing, pleading, bribing is not productive.  What we need to do is make reading so exciting, so desired by them that they will want to do it on their own.  Why do any of us do something really difficult?  Why do we put in the hours of effort to learn a new skill or to pay off a huge debt?  We do it because the reward is big enough.  Not some little side bribe someone might offer us but the bigger goal, the WHY is something we want and desire.  If we can get our kids to earnestly desire to read themselves then instead of dragging them kicking and screaming into reading lessons, we become their cheerleader and coach.  We can come along side them to encourage and guide. Continue reading Learning to Read 2: Fostering the Love of Books

Learning to Read 1: The Goal

Teaching Mr Rockstar to read has been one of the biggest achievements of my life.  At times it didn’t seem like we would get there but now I can say after over 4 years of work the end is in sight!  He is reading (still a little behind for his grade level but he is reading!) and what is more he wants to read.  He loves books.  He is obsessed with books.  Along this crazy journey I have learned a lot of valuable lessons.  I kept thinking I should sit down and write a post on how we got to where we are today and I finally realized I just couldn’t do it in one post.  So today is the beginning of my literacy series, tips for teaching struggling readers.

The longer we have struggled the more apparent it has become to me that the first place to start with teaching a child to read is with the correct goal in mind.  You might think the goal is “To Teach My Kid to Read”.  But subconsciously I bet your goal is “To Teach my Kid to Read by Age 5 (or when you miss that Age 6 or Age 7…)”.  Continue reading Learning to Read 1: The Goal