I woke up the other day thinking about our homeschool plans for next year. Of the two students I’m still homeschooling, one is a reluctant reader and one is resistant.
Since I love books and reading, it makes me a little sad that I haven’t been able to instill that same love in my kids. So, I started thinking about how to renew my efforts. Learning to read was a bit of a chore for both of them, so it stands to reason that reading for pleasure might not be high on their list.
They do like being read to. I read to our kids, even when they are in middle school and high school. Yes, they read to themselves too, but we love a good read-aloud. I love this article about the benefits of reading to older kids. But I also want them to grow up to be readers. Maybe not nose-in-a-book-all-the-time type readers, but hopefully, several books in a year.
That led me to google something like “making readers out of kids who hate to read”. And that led me to several interesting articles. [Read more…]