Making a difference for those with learning differences
Does this picture make you sad, angry, or frustrated? Reading with your kids is supposed to be fun, right?
But what happens when it’s become a battle, with tears or angry standoffs?
Maybe you loved to read as a child yourself, and can’t understand why it’s so hard for your child?
If you’ve reached the point where your child gets stressed about reading, or point-blank refuses to read at all, here are some things that can help:
Read signs aloud. Eg. “Great – we’re just in time. Look, the sign says OPEN.” Or “Uh oh – that sign says No Dogs. We’ll have to leave Scruffy in the car and just make it a short walk.”
Show them how reading can be fun. Eg. React out loud when you read something funny (on your phone, perhaps) and then share the joke with them, pointing out the words that make it funny.
2. Read a simple story to them, then act it out together (Eg. Little Red Riding Hood, Where the Wild Things Are, The Gruffalo).
3. Make books to record family events (birthdays, holidays) including photos. Keep captions very short and simple.
Eg. My 8th Birthday.
Mum gave me a ball.
Dad gave me some shoes.
Grandad gave me a shirt.
I am ready to play football.
Make reading a fun part of everyday life.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.