When it comes to children’s literacy you can divide children into two camps. The first being the ‘readers’ - children who you have trouble prizing a book out of their hands at the dinner table . The other being the ‘non-readers’ - children who, when you put a book in their hands, pull a face as if you just replaced their dessert with frozen carrots.
“How can I encourage my child to read?” is a question asked at all parent - teacher interviews. The same replies are given: Get them to read on a subject of their interest, create time for reading everyday, encourage them to read anything! But the problem is that all of these suggestions are great for the ‘reader’, but they will not persuade a ‘non-reader’ to love reading.
The problem with many ‘non-readers’ is that they have formed a negative connection to the process of picking up a book, sitting somewhere quietly and emerging themselves in fiction. To the ‘non-reader’, we might as well be trying to get them to read ‘The Anthology of Watching Grass Grow’- it doesn’t matter the book choice, the child is rejecting the process.
So how to we change this perception?
We start by finding things children love doing and connecting them to reading experiences.
It’s all about finding something that can help ‘non-readers’ connect to the process.
Some ideas are:
Canine Comprehension, a Melbourne based tutoring business understands that encouraging ‘non-readers’ requires finding an authentic connection that children love. They do this by using dogs! By including a canine friendly face into reading sessions, ‘nonreaders’ delight in the experience. A positive connection with reading is achieved through the encouragement of an expert tutor and a highly trained dog.
How can dogs help encourage the ‘non-reader? Dogs help create a positive learning environment, without the fear of being corrected for mistakes. Dogs are used as encouragement and motivation. Readers try to improve to impress their doggie reading buddy, promoting gratitude, self- confidence, optimism and a deep sense of fulfillment.
So the next time you are struggling with getting your child to read, remember it’s about making positive connection with the process. Book choice is only half the battle. If they can enjoy the act of picking up a book, sitting somewhere quietly and emerging themselves in fiction you are on your way to creating a ‘reader’.
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