By Ralphie Jacobs
I’m sure you can tell by now that any subject having to do with children and their education is at the top of the list of things I am most passionate about.
Today I’d like to speak to all the troubled parents out there who are noticing a significant decrease in their new reader’s desire to get into books.
For the most part, they start off super strong, getting excited about their new skill of sounding out WORDS! And then, oh my goodness, here come the sentences. It’s all so motivating and thrilling!
Then, they notice that other kids are reading chapter books, and wait… What!? They’re still in baby early reader books? So quickly they beg to make the HUGE jump over to Junior Fiction.
You actually get excited for them because “Wow! They are wanting chapter books! This is amazing!” So you go right along with the transition and even encourage it. But sadly this is right about the point where such a big percentage of them become lost.
They’re not ready for the big books yet. Here enters discouragement and frustration because they don’t understand it all. They get lost and start telling you that reading is “boring” and they want give it up and move on to other things that come easy.
Sound at all familiar?
It sure does for me because I have made this same mistake. Here are the problems though:
Luckily this is super easy to fix. Just a little tweak in their choice of reading material and you’ll be able to bridge that gap between early reader books and chapter books.
Here are the solutions:
Give it a try. Don’t ever give up on a reader. If they say they don’t like reading, it’s because you haven’t found the right book yet. Take a step back in difficulty level and let them fly through those “easy” books. Go visit your local library and have the librarian give you recommendations.
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