Quick and Easy Inspiration
Today it is not unheard of for both caregivers per household to work outside the home. Gone are the days when one caregiver automatically stayed at home to take care of the children. Is it any wonder that families struggle to keep up with all their obligations in and out of the home.
In the past, if a child did not read well it was believed that the parents did not, or were not able to take a strong enough role in the child's education, the child was in dire need of a specialized class at school, or even that the classroom teacher failed the child. Realistically, there could be some truth to this concept, yet I believe there is a reason overlooked. Can it be as simple as there is a need for a little support in how to get started. Quite possibly, the correct information is not so readily available as suggested.
My years of teaching tell me that most families and educators alike work hard at the prospective job. Quite often they are experiencing severe time constraints. No one means to give up, it is simply that defeat sets in. As familiar that I am with researching a topic on the internet, I find myself at a loss at times. I often think that if only I knew where to start, I would be able to conquer the task at hand and move on to my next task.
It is that experience that I feel compelled to offer the following advice for those people who care, but are short on time and or other computer related constraints. It is my fond wish that anyone reading this article will feel free to use the information and even check back to find further help in such matters.
1. Set up a special place for your child to read
2. Choose various genres
3. Set up a scheduled and unscheduled time frame for reading
4. Set goals
5. Decide on an intrinsic/extrinsic reward for goals accomplished
The reading nook is key to the program. The decor and place are important to every child. Picking out the decor does not mean expensive, but colorful and exciting. Be sure to involve the child. Choose lots of soft pillows in different textures and sizes, along with cute stuffed animals and posters, and a nice rug. Find some colorful buckets to put the books in. Next, decide on the basic shape to the reading nook. If you line the book buckets all around the rug, it will give the look of seclusion. A square is the easiest shape to work with. Another thing to keep in mind when building the reading nook, is to build it in an area that has indirect light, so you can add a cute kid lamp if desired. Near a window is nice, but not necessary.
When choosing books, one needs to simply choose books from the following categories:
- non fiction
- fairy tales
Make sure the books range somewhat in levels. Children need to have books that are easy to read and some that are a stretch. Only set out a few books for each group until they are read, which will keep the mystery alive.
Set a time of 15-20 minutes that the child reads/explores their books each day. Pick a time when you are able to sit with them and share in their excitement, as well as model what a "good reader" does when reading. Then listen to them read. It is during this time that you give them positive reinforcement, as well as a "quick fix". Make sure it is a positive comment.
Make sure you set goals so reading is fun, yet will propel them to an age appropriate reading level. A positive way to reward a child without it becoming extrinsic, is to make a reading chart that displays a star for each book they read. When a row on the chart is complete, let them pick out a book mark, or a small token related to reading. Creating a reward treasure chest will be incentive enough.
Last, but not least, as the books begin to fall in the "easy to read" range, increase the difficulty of the books. Remember to keep a few easy to read books displayed so the feeling of success is always up front in their mind.
Good luck and happy reading!