Research shows that Americans are reading less and that those who are reading are reading less well. This is according to a study by the National Endowment for the Arts which notes that, “Less than one-third of 13-year olds are daily readers, a 14 % decline from 20 years early,” and that “Reading scores for 12th-graders fell significantly from 1992 to 2005, with the sharpest declines in the amount for lower-level readers.” How is it that parents, educators, and individuals who are concerned about this decline can actively get their child or student to read more?
- Have your child read a paragraph, and then you read a paragraph.
- One of you reads the dialog, while the other reads the narrative.
- Formulate predictions or questions for the child.
- Read in voices that take on the characteristics of the characters.
- If there is a word the child doesn’t know, stop, explore it, ask them what they think it means, maybe even have them look it up.
- 100 Creative Ways to Excite & Inspire Young Readers (From U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity)
- Inspiring Your Kids to Read in the Summer (Point of view from James Patterson, the best selling author) and Keep Them Hooked (Point of view from GreatSchools.org)
- How to Inspire Your Kids to Read at an Early Age
- Inspiring Your Kids to Read and Write for Life (From PsychCentral.com)