For kids who are really resisting reading, here’s an idea that makes reading instantly fun and rewarding.
Hide a Hershey’s Kiss in the child’s room. Then, put a note on his pillow that says something like: There is a Kiss for you under your bed. Or, even more simply: Look under your bed.
Using words to find a Kiss gives your child an immediate reward for reading, and for kids who have never known that “reading pays off,” it’s a really visceral way to give them that feeling.
They may need you to help them sound out your notes the first couple of times, and that’s fine – you’ve gotten over the hurdle of them not wanting to read at all. Try this whenever you feel like it – don’t lock yourself into a weekly thing or it won’t be fun for you any more.
If you don’t like the idea of using chocolate, you can hide a non-food treat like stickers, Play-Doh or a Hot Wheels car. Or even just another note that says, “Congratulations!“
Of course, eventually reading will be its own reward.
But in the meantime – there are Kisses.