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RanLearns are insights from Co-Founder Ran Flasterstein about 21st Century Education. Follow him on Twitter @RanLearns or contact him here.

 

Four Best Ways to Help Kids Feel Better About Reading

Ran Flasterstein

There are some kids who have a love for reading. They were given books or found them on their own at a young age and were drawn into the stories and the ideas they found. For many kids though, it’s a little harder to get them to read, but you can still help them find a love for learning!

Provide shorter stories
It’s going to be tough for a non-reader to think that they’re going to have to read even 5+ pages, let alone a full book. It’s a tough mental hurdle to see all the pages lurking ahead when all they really need to do is get started. Consider using short stories or articles.

Ask questions they don’t have to get right away
If there was a graded quiz they didn’t do well on, offer a retake. Ask if there’s anything in the story that they have questions about, or offer to explain some of the questions they didn’t answer correctly. If they didn’t fully understand what they read, point out to them what they may have missed so that they can start to better visualize what the story is describing to the reader.

Show their progress
As they begin to read, a little at a time, find a way to mark their progress in a way that is visible to them. As they see their progress, as it turns from reading one story to ten, then twenty, they’ll begin to feel the momentum.

Match their personalities
If kids are helped to find material that interests them, their journey towards choosing to read for themselves may get a needed boost. Offer different children the opportunity to read about animals, sports, technology, or whatever topic strikes them as the most interesting.

You *CAN* help kids to feel better about themselves and their reading abilities!

We’ve written original short stories, both fiction and non-fiction, on several topics of interest at each grade level. Our reading apps show students their progress with every story and allow them to retake certain tests to earn better scores. When a question is not answered correctly, the section of the text where the answer could be found is highlighted for the student to improve their understanding.

We intermixed different topics from presidents to scientists and athletes and nature and more. We’ve also released a reading app specifically for sports enthusiasts sharing the stories of Mia Hamm (soccer), Kevin Durant (basketball), Fenway Park (baseball), and Jackie Joyner-Kersee (track & field) among the passages included.

Try some of our stories for free, on either iPhone or iPad: http://bit.ly/ReadingFree