K.L. asks from Erie, PA on November 04, 2008
First Grader Not Interested in Reading
Any suggestions for a first graded girl who loves math but isn't interested in reading? She neither has the patience to sit and look at books (or listen to them) or to learn her words for school. How can I get her to like it or at least to try to spend some time on it?
L.B. answers from Philadelphia on November 06, 2008
T.S. answers from Philadelphia on November 05, 2008
What does she love to do? What does she love to learn about? Whatever that is, find an easy reader about it. Maybe take her to the library or book store with you and pick out some books together.
Also, perhaps magazines would pique her interest. There are so many good ones out there.
T.M. answers from Philadelphia on November 05, 2008
How about a book that has to do with the upcoming holidays? That may kickstart something...
G.D. answers from Philadelphia on November 05, 2008
I have 2 suggestions: One is you can go to your local library and see what kids programs they have like pizza time or kool kids. These are programs that help get kids excited for the library. Let her pick out books she is interested in. Does she have a hobby - ballet, swimming - look for books on these subjects. Does she like any TV characters like Barbie, Dora - you can look for books with them. You can also try your local bookstore for the same things - kids programs, certain books. For learning words you can try alphabet activity/sticker books - you can find them in Target, bookstores or teacher stores. Colorful flash cards and word games are good to for learning words too. Becker's Teacher store is good for these. You can even make up your own games or flash cards - with every five words she reads she gets a star on the chart. With every 20 stars she gets a small prize or treat. The key is try to make it fun for her. I hope this helps.
Good Luck -
B.R. answers from Allentown on November 04, 2008
My daughter is 9 and still hates to read. She hates it!! I have taken her to the book store with no money limit an she found nothing. So I make her read a chapter of a book everyday. I do not care what it is or what it is about. She just needs to read. Maybe take your child to the book store. Maybe you woudl have better luck.
T.D. answers from Pittsburgh on November 05, 2008
I had the same problem so i went to the school and put her in a reading class.
B.N. answers from Lancaster on November 05, 2008
How about a magazine subscription? There are so many great child geared magazines. Choose one that focuses on your daughter's interests. Check out the magazine section at your local book store or search for children's magazines on line. With the holidays around the corner this could be a gift that keeps on giving all year long - and maybe for a lifetime changing her view on reading.
E.J. answers from York on November 05, 2008
i used to teach first grade for 7 years before i had my boys and saw this happen a lot. some children are often interested in one subject or excel at it much more than another. i would try to get her interested by writing her own books. she can draw the pictures first and write sentences or words with your help. maybe create a reading/writing area in your house with supplies and maybe a word wall with words on it for her to copy. hang letters a-z and place words under them when she tries to write a word she can't spell. write it for her on a card then put it up. you can play games with the cards later. ask her teacher for sight words or frequently used words. when she can read her own books, she'll be more interested, hopefully. good luck, first grade is tough!!
P.M. answers from Philadelphia on November 05, 2008
I taught 2nd Grade for 8 years and I saw so many parents pushing for their kids to be the best readers and it only turned them off to reading. There is a great section of Dr. Brazilton's books about pushing your child too early to be academic.
I sat back with my daughter when it came time for her to start reading. She finally came to me and asked if I could help her learn. I wanted her to want to read, want to find out about books, want to show me what she knew. When she had ownership over her own learning, she thrived. It was hard at first because she seemed behind the rest of the kids in 1st grade. She was barely reading the first few months, but by the end of the year, she was reading chapter books. Now she's in second grade and she is one of the top readers in her class. More importantly, though, she loves reading.
Think about if your husband took you aside, sat you down and said, "I want you to read this difficult to understand article and while your trying to read it I'll be hovering over you and correcting you as you try to understand it."
Then think about the same article sitting on your coffee table and you notice it when you have a few quiet moments. You're interested in the topic and you explore the article on your own and take pride in the fact that you got through it, even though it was challenging. Then later, you excitedly tell your husband what you learned in the article.
See the difference? She might just need to discover reading on her own, with your job being to model reading yourself and to expose her to lots of opportunities to be around books.
It's sounds like you're a wonderful caring mom who only wants the best for your child. Good luck!
J.C. answers from Philadelphia on November 04, 2008
Try to find some books that she would find interesting. I know there are Easy REaders that are math related like Even STevens and Odd Todd.
Try and make learning her words for school fun.