TEACH A TEEN TO READ

26 Oct · Lorraine · One Comment

Question:  I wonder how to interest my kid in reading.  She spends all her time in sports and gymnastics.  Should I be concerned?   Her reading grades are high.

Lorraine’s Response:   Obviously, she likes activity and challenges.   She may be doing more reading than you think.  I’m going to suggest you talk about the subject with her.  Let her know you are proud of her reading grades, but concerned about the amount of time she reads.  Listen to her response.  After talking about it, offer a challenge something like this:  For 3 days, we will each list when, what, and for how long we read anything.   Very possibly you’ll both be surprised to learn how often we read.  Possible responses might be:  “directions for getting to the stadium”,  “proposal for the new lightrail”, “assignment of 3 chapters in science text”, “writing and re-reading my research paper,” “cookbook recipe”, “e-mail”, or “phone text.”   Don’t forget to meet again to go over your lists, but watch out – she may offer a new challenge.

Lorraine

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  • Joyce says:

    Regarding the girl who is interested in sports and gymnastics, I suggest that you locate books about these subjects. These may be of great interest and encourage reading. Other books that may be of interest are exercise, weight training, and healthy eating books. These subjects may encourage the whole family to read and participate in activities together.

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