Your kid will love this. You draw a stick figure, and the website brings it to life. There is a literacy component, because the site takes the stickman through a plotline. You’re given instructions like, “draw a key in my hand” before he can open a locked box. Kids have […]
Tag: reluctant readers
Every week, I do a half-hour presentation at my son’s school on “the news.” It’s often the best half-hour of my week. And a lot of the kids – and the parents – tell me they look forward to the class. What I do is pretty simple; you can do […]
OK, this is a great tip but it might be a bit… er… nerdy. But then, so am I. And so is my kid, who wears it like a badge of honour. You’ve seen these QR codes, right? They’re on ads, posters, marketing material. Maybe you never knew what they […]
Kids love reading about what’s happening in their world. But so often, the newspaper is full of inappropriate and difficult articles. Teaching Kids News (TKN) is a sister website to Getting Kids Reading. We offer kid-friendly news articles, taken from the headlines of real newspapers. One of the great things […]
If you’re trying to encourage your child to read more, surround her with good examples. Read, yourself, especially when she’s around to see you setting a good example. And here’s another good thing to do. Go to Get Caught Reading and print off one of their celebrity posters. You can […]
This could be the perfect literacy game. So simple and so brilliant. It has all the elements you could want in a game that encourages reading: it’s fun, it offers an immediate reward for reading, it’s easy for parents to quickly learn and set up and it has lots of […]
Bone is a very popular (understatement) series of graphic novels. Many a reluctant reader has been enticed into reading because of the Bone series. Parents will be thrilled, then, by this latest Bone offering – it’s an actual novel without the graphics. Kids who’ve been reading and enjoying Bone may be ready […]
If you aren’t able to find time to read to your child or offer him literacy activities—use the power of two—you and another parent. You know that kids who are read to every day are more likely to develop a love of reading. But that’s 15 minutes that tends to […]
Beautiful PSA about reading. This brilliant and moving public-service ad expresses perfectly how I feel about kids and reading. It really touched me and I want everyone to see it, so please do share it. It was created for a second-year Media Arts class at Sheridan College, Ontario. Mike Rilstone, […]
What does work.
Reading to your kid every day. The number-one thing you can do to create a reader.
Letting him see you read. Kids do what their parents do. If you don’t enjoy reading – fake it. Or read magazines or comic books or something.
Surrounding your kid with books. Access to books gives a kid ownership and once they feel entitled to books they’re more likely to casually pick them up – now and throughout their life.