Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tips to Promote Reading in School





R-E-A-D!

Reading is one of the most crucial skills that anyone can learn. If you can read, you can open yourself up to anything in the world. You can acquire new skills, educate others to read, and even become a better writer. No matter what age a person is they can learn to enjoy reading, or simply become a better reader. While reading is often done to children in their young age, it can be a forgotten pastime and become something they no longer enjoy. With the following tips, not only will reading become a more acquired taste, but it will fill the joy of elementary students everywhere.

Lead by example

We all hear that it is a good idea to lead by example in everything that we do. Children learn from adults and other children too. By reading out loud to your elementary students or children you are teaching them it can be fun to read. They will see you reading to them and realize you have this great power of telling a story. They too will want to have this power and want to know how to do it, if they do not already. So if you are in the middle of grading papers while your students are taking a test, when you are finished read a book of your choice. They'll see you reading a book for fun, not because you have to. This simple step will show them it is okay for them too to take out a book and read it when they have completed their school work. This is a way they can enjoy a book and still be getting an education with themselves.

Give students the option to bring a book from home, off an assigned reading list, or their textbook if they wish. This way they have more than one option and won't feel as if they are forced only to read educational books. How many times do you remember as a student where you were told to only read your textbook when you were done with class? Can we say b-o-r-i-n-g?

Give them something fun to read

Much like the above tip, giving children an option of something fun to read will get them revved up for reading. For example, the Highlights magazines are a fun and educational thing they can read that are also filled with fun trivia questions and puzzles. Aside from magazines that might be geared towards kids, try creating a small section in the home or classroom that can be their book nook. This section could have a small chair, a table, or simply some bean bags children can sit on and read when they are done with their schoolwork, or homework, or if they'd rather stay inside for recess.

The Library

Give children a new experience and introduce them to the local or school library. There are far too many books to choose from in a library and while this is true but imagine all of the possibilities and the imagination that can be created and heightened from children reading. They will be able to go into a world of far off places, princes, and people in disguises, alternate words, or even biographies about famous people. Children can read and learn all at once with their libraries. Get a child a library card and you have given them the keys to the world.

Often library cards are free at the local library as well as the school, however it is important to contact a local library and find out. Either way, the gift of a library card is a gift that they will cherish. The whole adventure of going to the library to pick a new book may get them even more interested in reading. The many benefits of a library are too hard to even put limits on.


Reading Contests

Often elementary teachers will come up with contests that can be held within their classrooms for reading the most books in a year. This is a great way to get children encouraged with reading and give them something to work hard for all at once. Not only will they be reading on a more constant basis but they too will be learning the value of determination and there are rewards for such hard work.

Create a contest by getting a sticker board chart or making one with items purchased from a craft store. This board can have each child's name, and then for each book they can have a star placed next to their name. At the end of the week / month / year they can receive special prizes. For example; first place: $25 Amazon gift card. Second Place; $15 gift card. Third place: $10. Whole class could receive a giant pizza party.

In order to get a star there could be stipulations such as a parent must sign off that a student read the book each time and also that the child must write a paragraph or two about the book and why they liked it. This too will teach the children responsibility and matters of trust. In the end, if a student did not participate in the book contest, they still should be allowed to celebrate in the party and encouraged to join for the next round.

Scholastic Rocks

Many young adults may recall going to the Scholastic book fairs during the school year. I remember them myself, getting the pamphlet from the teacher and going home and circling everything I wanted out of it. There was something about looking at the little magazine and being able to find my favorite Goosebumps books and even at a later time in life there was Harry Potter offered.

Now, while there are the book fairs and book trucks that come around the country there is also the more important book reading contests they offer. They often are running specials to promote reading in all ages. Recently there was a #SummerReadingSelfie contest on Instagram that was run, and there are always the reading clubs to get involved in. If you are interested in the reading club click the link at the bottom of this post. Check out the Scholastic website to find out more at the above hyperlink to get your kids involved in reading even more.

All of these are examples of how to promote reading within children in the elementary classroom, and outside of the classroom. No matter what age a child is in these years they should learn the power of reading and be able to have fun and enjoy it. Once they have begun to read and start enjoying it, don't ask them to put the book away, let them continue as long as it's not interfering with their schoolwork.


How do you get your kids involved in reading?

30 comments:

  1. They do lots of contests at our kids school, but reading is the main part of their curriculum and they spend about 3 hours of their day reading, so that makes me happy.

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  2. The kids have Read Night the day before Movie Night! They spend the night reading - they enjoy it as much as movie night.

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  3. Our school does so many fabulous reading programs and I'm so thrilled that they do. Throughout the summer, we try to do our own at home or through the library to keep it going before the new school year! I'm excited to see what they will roll out this year.

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  4. These are such great suggestions! Modeling reading to our children is more important than people think. It's also very true that kids love to compete.

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  5. My kiddo loves to read! I hope the next one loves it just as much. I loved the Scholastic program as a kid and I know that my kiddo will love it just as much

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  6. In the summer we have a reading club at the library where the girls get prizes for reading. During school they have reading assignments.

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  7. Leading my example is a great tip. I try to read often, and have my kids catch me reading. I even stand in the kitchen and read. I want my kids to know how cool reading actually is.

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  8. I love to read. I think my kids read b/c they see me reading.

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  9. Right now my kids are young enough that they like to hear my read. Which I love to do. I can't to hear them read to me.

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  10. Great tips! All very important, I think reading is one of the most important things to show kids is fun, and rewarding! I love reading and know my kids do too so far!

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  11. I love reading and I think it really shows. We make it a point to read during kiddos reading time to make it more a family time. I think this helps her a great deal.

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  12. Reading is so important! Even the high school students I used to teach asked me to read books to them! Fantastic, informative article on the importance of reading.

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  13. I will have to push my son harder to read this year. It is not his strongest subject in school

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  14. These are some really great tips! I always find it really important to promote reading to children and young adults!

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  15. Making reading fun and reading with our kids are things we always do. Helps encourage a love for books!

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  16. I remember my grandma always saved her pennies. when I got the Scholastic books newspaper she would count and roll with me and I'd get the book or two (and sometimes a poster) that I wanted. I always thought it was so fun to go through that ritual. I'm sure it contributed to my love of reading.

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  17. My sister and I were both avid readers growing up, but it has been so hard to encourage my nephew to read. The only way we can seem to interest him is with Star Wars and LEGO books!

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  18. I get my kids involved with reading by giving them things to read they enjoy. When they pick the books and enjoy the stories, it makes it easier for them to read and helps them enjoy the process of reading.

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  19. I love this ! I love that my kids love to read with me and it is a routine in our household.

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  20. When my kids were little we always read stories at bed time. and today my kids are 16 and 19 and still love to read. We love going to the bookstore and finding a new book.

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  21. My toddler already loves to flip through the pages. I hope he continues to read!

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  22. Start early. The sooner you get them into books, the more likely they are to become life long readers. And yes, definitely lead by example. If they don't see me reading, then why should they?

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  23. What great suggestions. My kids live to read, but a little incentive goes a long way.

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  24. These are great ideas. Reading is very important.

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  25. I started out reading to them from their baby days and it just stuck. Both of them still enjoy reading a lot!

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  26. I wish my kids would watch me read, LOL! I try to read the paper at times, and they get interested

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  27. Some great ideas here. I agree with lead by example and give them something fun to read. That's key.

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  28. My son comes in our room in the morning with a book in hand ready for me to read. Yeah, he and his sister are natural book worms. :)

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  29. Reading is part of our bedtime routine. I can tell how much it has helped my daughter a lot.

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  30. Fantastic ideas. So true that reading is important.

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