Well, it is that time of year again. My kids are off to school and I am excited to begin writing a brand new book. I will be creating the book through this blog and you will have free access to all of it’s content here. This book/blog series is called Seven Habits of Highly Effective Readers and will give you information on what you can do to create an avid reader.
As you walk down the book aisle at Target you may hear a highly effective reader say, "Can I get the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid book?" Many parents might think,
However to the child, she is just dying to find out what happens in the new book and new books are not something that you can easily get at the library or a rummage sale. So, it is always best to indulge your child in this success habit they have wound their little finger on.
When a new book comes out it can be just as exciting to a highly effective reader as new movie to other kids. This is the importance of getting kids hooked in a series. It builds desire, determination, and motivation for the child to want to read more.
Kids who are not highly effective readers may beg for books for the wrong reasons, such as it comes with a stuffed animal or a toy. In the end they may only actually want the toy and not the book at all.
So how can you redirect the child who just wants a book for the toy, to wanting a book for it's content. Here are some suggestions that might be helpful.
1. Look at the books and see which books your child tends to gravitate towards.
2. Read the back of the book to her and get a reaction as to whether she thinks she will like it or not.
3. Read the first few pages to her and see if it is interesting enough to keep her attention.
4. Flip through the book and see if there is the right amount of words and pictures that will keep your child at the interested level and not the overwhelmed level.
5. Always allow book selection to be your child's choice. Don't try to push books you read as a child on your child simply because you loved them.
We want our readers that are not highly effective to take on the same habits as highly effective readers and sometimes we can trick kids into making similar choices. When you go to a store that has a book aisle, then start browsing the books that you might want to read. This will increase your child's chances with taking a look at the books at her level. Then you can ask her," If you could have any one book from this aisle, which one would it be?" This approach almost seems magical, like getting one free wish. Your child may have a hard time and then you can help her out. Then voila you have just had your child want a book from the book store.
Does your child ever beg to get a book from the book store? What books does he/she beg for the most?