Learning to read is a big — and loaded — milestone for kids. So much academic focus gets placed on reading that when a child is struggling, parents and teachers naturally worry.
Dana's simple hack of using humor to dial down reading anxiety for her son Wenxin could apply to any struggling reader:
From "Motivating Reluctant Readers:"
Wenxin is learning that reading is fun. And I'm learning a few things as well. I'm learning that reading a joke book counts, and that reading a graphic novel counts, and that pushing a little isn't always a bad thing.
I encourage you to read the full post at Dana's blog because she makes moving and important points about confronting her inner book snob and knowing when to push a little.
In my opinion, all age-appropriate reading is good reading. Interest begets motivation.
Which books kicked off your child's interest in reading?
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