K.W. asks from Cleveland, OH on August 27, 2010
Reading - Cleveland,OH
My son can read but is very reluctant to when I ask him to sit and read with me. I want to continue to practice with him but don't want him to start disliking it if I force him. Does anyone have any good websites or games that focus on reading at an early level.
S.H. answers from Honolulu on August 27, 2010
These are all websites, that my Daughter's 1st Grade Teacher likes and recommends.
Next: your son probably is reluctant to read when you ask him to sit and read with you... because he is self-conscious. Or feeling not totally confident about reading, in front of someone, yet.
Or also use "sight words" to practice with him... per his grade level/age. You can find sight words online.
One example and which my Daughter's 1st Grade Teacher used is this:
Sight words, is also used in schools, to teach reading.
Also, you can in a notebook, make your own "dictionary" of words he does know... in the notebook, by alphabetical order, use each page to list words he knows... then as time goes by he can actually see the accumulation of words he knows... and feel proud of it. And it can be used as a reference for him, as his 'own' Dictionary to use. It also teaches a child "spelling".
all the best,
T.S. answers from Sacramento on August 27, 2010
Starfall.com is great. BBC has a kids section with reading games that is also fantastic and interactive and fun. My 4 year old is a good reader and loves to play the games there. Also on PBS kids website they have reading centered games that he enjoys. SuperWhy, in particular, is fun.
L.M. answers from New York on August 27, 2010
My girls (and I) always liked the "Jump Start" cd's.
A few more thoughts...
I think it's important for him to be able to pick the book he wants to read. A trip to the library might be a good idea.
What worked well for me, was I would read the page on the left and my child would read the page on the right.
It's a good idea to read the same book over and over again. It helps build recognition.
Try just reading to him (don't have him read at all). Hopefully he can just enjoy the story, and see that reading can be fun.
E. answers from Dayton on August 27, 2010
www.starfall.com is WONDERFUL! Also check out the library Easy Reader section. The level 1 are easy to read, and the level 3 are for more independent readers. What I found helpful with my son was to find easy readers and picture books which were about the things he liked the most. We have checked out Readers about Star Wars and Fairly Oddparents and tornadoes. Once he has read it by choice alone, ask him to read it to you because you are just dying to know what that great book was about. :-)
N.B. answers from Toledo on August 28, 2010
I second Kari. The first thought that popped into my head when I read your post was, " read to the dog!" If you don't have a dog that will cooperate, have him read to a stuffed pet that he loves.
You can hear him read, but don't correct him, just let him read. The constant correction is one of the things that makes it undesirable for kids to read to someone, no matter how gently it's done.
S.S. answers from Cleveland on August 30, 2010
My girls like the Tag Reader by Leapfrog.
J.C. answers from Columbus on August 30, 2010
I got a BINGO game in the Target dollar section that my 1st grader who doesn't like to read likes to play.
L.M. answers from Dover on August 27, 2010
Read to him, co-read with him, let him act out parts of the story (you can also act it out), let him look at the book. Have him re-tell you the story. These things will help.