All kids are super proud of themselves when they first learn to read by themselves. Graded texts that are based on a colour wheel or numbered by difficulty naturally promote children to want to get to the next level. As a child progresses through school the reading bands widen and this can be one reason that kids stop reading for pleasure and some start to find reading a chore.
Here are some ideas to kick start reading in your family again
Start up the Karaoke – While some of lyrics to songs can be slightly questionable, karaoke offers a great way to engage kids to read. Knowing the chorus is a stepping stone to trying to sing the verses. Often if they like singing the song they were sing it again and again, which is a bonus as their confidence increases. Try Sing King Karaoke on youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/singkingkaraoke
Subtitles On – Set up the movie with English subtitles on. While some kids may complain that it is annoying, their brains will naturally read along with it. A great way to encourage speed, chunking and increase the understanding of the movie.
Embrace the illustrated - If reading a block of text is putting your youngster off, graphic novels break up the narration of the story and focus more on the dialogue and action. There is such a range on offer at your local library or available online. Check out this list for some inspiration. http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/5038.Best_Graphic_Novels_for_Children
Time challenge – Set a timer for 10 mins to make reading bite size. Turn into a challenge – How many pages can you read in a set time? Check out this cool bookmark that is also a timer here https://www.amazon.com/Mark-My-Time-7000156-Digital-Bookmark-Purple/dp/B000CC6H5S
Step up the technology – Regardless of your feelings on technology, breaking up reading time with an e-book on an iPad, kindle or other will kickstart reading again in your family for sure.
Read the book, see the movie – Use a carrot and stick approach to get your kids reading and reward them with a trip to the movies or rent it at home.
Change the genre – Kids are motivated to read when the subject matter appeals. I have one child that only reads cookbook, so that is what she stocks up on the library.
Model the change you want to see - seems simple but make sure your children see you reading. Such a positive image and great role modelling.