Reading is always the top priority when it comes to my kids. As a child I hated to read but no one ever showed me how to love it. I believe it was a combination of things that caused this. I never saw my parents reading. Reading was only suggested to me at school and forced as a part of curriculum. No one took the time out to help me find a book I would be interested in. I always thought I had trouble with reading comprehension growing up. The real problem was I had to read things I wasn’t interested in multiple times to actually understand it. This was easily corrected as I found books I loved and had more practice reading books I was interested in. With more practice I was able to comprehend even those books that I had no interest in. I have a child that has struggled with reading since day one and one that is picking it up easily. I have been concerned with my oldest for a while reading was not getting through to her I have tried almost every reading curriculum out there on her. The problem was not the curriculum she just wasn’t mentally ready. Now she reads at grade level and is doing well with chapter books. Once I saw her ability to read long picture books I wanted to get her started on chapter books. Here are the steps that I took to get her to read chapter books and absolutely love them. I hope these tips help you help your child to love reading chapter books.
- Let her see you read for fun.
- Read them to her at least 1 chapter a day if they want more give them more.
- Start by build their stamina but having them read 1 paragraph for each page or two then 1 page every few pages and so on. It makes it less over whelming.
- When they are able to start reading the chapter books give them extra incentives like a prize for ever book they finish or even a book allowance it doesn’t have to be a lot but it is worth it.
- Have them read to you for a while they will still need you by their sides. They are still learning to read and need help with words sometimes. If you don’t know the word or meaning of a word its hard to understand what you are reading. If you don’t understand what you are reading, reading is no longer fun.
These are the same tips I used on my struggling reader. As a bonus reading new words and sight words have been a breeze for her to learn. She sees them over and over multiple time in a short sitting while she is enjoying her self. Here are our top favorite chapter books for new readers. This post contains some affiliate link for your shopping convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.