So you have a kid, who in your mind is a genius, I mean everybody knows just how great your kid is, right? He or she asks the most astonishing questions and their mind can conceive of the most amazing things but there is just one thing,
Your kid hates to read.
I mean he will listen to a story- but when it’s his turn to read? Uh-uh. He is like a little escape artists dodging your request at all cost.
You feel like you’re doing something wrong. But just think- your kid is accustomed to learning everything with
And now you want your child to read words that are black with a white background.
Humm…Your child might be thinking one thing and one thing only: B-O-R-I-N-G!
Or, “Mom, dad that’s like a zillion itzy bitzy ants on the page and they look like they’re gonna crawl on me, EEKK get it away.”
Guess what. Reading is not something that is fun for all kids instantly.
In fact, because everyone is always talking about how reading is the gateway to success, from your child’s perspective its often seen as an ironclad gate filled with information that no one understands but the members of the secret reading society.
Wait, did you say Secret Society?
Trust me, everybody wants to be a member of the Secret Reading Society. But it looks overwhelming to join! Watching a Sesame Street video kids might think that they are catching tourettes or an instant stuttering problem with all the weird concoctions they have to do with their mouth and weird sounds.
So what can you do? As a member of this Secret Society you have to invite your child to what I’m calling Reading Rush Week. As the president you have to put on a spectacle!
In other words you cant be bland or shy about this because that’s not what’cha want. You got have some spunk. Pizzazz. A little attitude. Like, “Ya know what’cha talkin’ bout!” You gotta sell the benefits of membership to this Lifelong Fraternal Order.
Everytime you read a book to your child you have to give it magic. Shine a light on it. Like you’re the star that led the three wise men to baby Jesus – I mean you gotta dazzle it with a little flava.
Set a daily reading time, as the reading time is approaching say things like “I can’t wait to read that story,” or “I wonder what’s gonna happen in the end?”
If you have finished a book connect a character to the daily goings ons of the day. This is just like what happen to [insert characters name].
Smile after you read a story. I mean if you want your child to want in to this thang, you gotta show that you appreciate your membership. I mean if you’ve been a member for X amount of years you gotta show that you’re still thrilled about your society.
Its simple if you want your child to want it- you gotta do a lil something more than say “Go read.” Its an attitude. A culture. There is Pleasure. There is excitement. Start showing it!