“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
– Groucho Marx
It’s not always easy to get the kids to read. Especially now, when there’s so many other things that seem to call out to them. Electronics being the biggest culprit these days around here, but there is a time when you just have to push the kids to unplug, for the better good.
If you need some help, these simple tips will encourage your kids to read more (without being pushy). Kudos to you if you have the type of kids that love to read and will just pick up a book on their own.
Spring is almost here and it’s a great time for all things new, that includes a fun reading challenge for the kids!
Creating your own reading challenge will definitely get the kids on the right path. You’ll be able to read to them, they can read to you and to each other. Working towards the goal set by the challenge.
A reading challenge can help motivate young readers to:
- Read for fun
- Enjoy reading more
- Overcome reading obstacles
- Find more time to read
Using a reading challenge can help the kids keep track of what they have read and give them the opportunity to read a book out of their comfort zone. Make the challenge worth while. It’s going to be boring if they only strive to read the same genre and author each week.
A few simple reading challenge ideas
Get the kids to read a book:
1. That they choose for the cover.
2. That a friend told them was very good.
3. Written by an author, they love.
4. That is non-fiction.
5. A biography, about someone they admire.
6. On a topic, they love.
7. On a topic, that’s new to them.
8. That they normally wouldn’t like to read.
Depending on the amount of time spent reading and the length of the book, there’s enough book ideas to last at least two months (considering a book per week is read). This will cover their Spring challenge.
You can download my premade challenge here or if you’re feeling rather creative, make a custom challenge for your kids.
What do you do to encourage your little readers to read more? I’d love to hear your ideas, just leave them in the comments below.