When it came time to teach my oldest son how to read, I imagined it completely different.
I pictured sitting on the couch together with my one arm wrapped around him and the other holding the book.
I’d look down and see a big grin on his face as he tried sounding out the words.
After reading one book, he would be so eager to learn that he would ask if he could grab a new book.
In no time, he was reading us the bedtime stories.
In reality, this is not how it happened.
When I say, “Come on, let’s try to read a book,” he goes running in the opposite direction crying, “I don’t want to read!”
It’s not that he doesn’t know how to read. If you catch him on a good day, he can do it. He knows all of his sight words and is getting better at sounding out the words.
But most days, he wants no part of reading.
If I’m able to get him to sit down with me, he will often just guess at the words or wiggle the entire time asking when we are done.
This leaves my husband and I very frustrated.
It’s easy for me to throw my hands up in the air and think, ‘He’ll learn how to read in school.’
But it’s my responsibility as a parent, not the school’s. I want to teach my son how to read and I know we have to work at it every day.
The other morning, my husband and I decided we needed to create an incentive program for him.
Make reading books fun and give my son a goal to reach. At the end, it would be something rewarding for him.
We just started using this chart:
As he reads books, we mark them down on his chart.
Together with my son, we came up with a reward system:
- If he reads 5 books, he gets to watch a movie or play a video game.
- If he reads 10 books, we get to go out for ice-cream.
- If he reads 15 books, his reward is a special day – we do anything he wants to do.
Do your children like to read? What are some of your tips for helping them learn to read?
Disclosure: I am submitting this post to The Search for the Next Kid Pointz Blogger contest and will be compensated for my participation. However, I was planning on sharing this story so it was perfect timing!