Getting Your Teen to Read

Getting your middle or high school student to read during the summer can be quite difficult, especially if he or she isn’t a big reader during the school year. Though it’s best to encourage your child to read early and often (daily, for about half an hour or longer), convincing your older child to read doesn’t have to be a chore.

Remember that reading does not have to be limited to books. Newspapers, magazines, and web sites that you approve are excellent reading material. You just need to take a little time to find out what your kids are interested in. For kids who say they can never find what they want in a book, Reading Rants is a great way to help them categorize their interests. This site has many different categories of books that your student might like, and it’s run by an adult who has read and approved the books. Still, if you have religious or social concerns, you may want to look over the lists before giving the site address to your child. The Web English Teacher can help you find books to suggest to your child, and can give a lot of guidance on how to talk to your child about what is happening in them. It’s also a good way to find activities to supplement what your child is doing during the school year.

Being able to talk about what your child is reading is sometimes just as important as getting the child to read. I would suggest looking over the book, or reading it when your child isn’t, so that you can have interesting discussions about literature, cultural articles, or information found in the local newspaper. Try to ask questions about what your child is reading. It helps build comprehension skills and makes it easier for your child to remember what he or she has read.


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