How I Finally Got My Kindergartner Interested in Reading
Reading: A Benchmark in Your Child's Education
These days all eyes are on education and reading is the first benchmark in a long series of standards your child will have to surpass in order to advance their education. So, at the beginning of this school year we were told that proficient reading must be accomplished in kindergarten in order to move onto first grade.
Nothing hard work can't accomplish?
Nope. In fact hard work was exactly the opposite of what was needed.
We tried reading and phonics cards first which didn't go over to well. He was bored, I was bored, it was boring.
Next was Step 1 Reader books. I thought super heroes like Batman and Spiderman were sure to pique his interest and make it less painful but the words were more complicated then the simple ones he was beginning to learn. Batman failed me miserablely and Jack was pretty fed up at this point. He actually asked me if he could stick to practicing reading at school from now on. Not what I envisioned.
Lastly we went the babyish picture word book route thinking a book with easy words in it would do the trick. Well he was able to sound the words out OK but this wasn't as interesting, he pointed out the books were for babies and my attempts to assuage him otherwise went nowhere fast.
Practice Kindergarten Reading and Still Have Fun
If first you don't succeed try try again. ( and change up your tactics)
I kept going out buying different books, trying to spark an interest in learning with me. It is difficult to strike a balance between a good book that is interesting to read and one that is easy to read. I was not going to give up.
Jack is a really cute and funny kid. Despite the frustration and boredom he was a really good sport and he humorously tried to convince me he could practicing reading the Wii instead.
At this point I was trying to mentally sell myself on the idea. Luckily I didn't quit and neither did Jack because we found our little niche and worked out the kinks.
After many painful attempts to find something that worked we finally hit the nail on the head when we began reading a very well known author of children's books, Dr. Seuss. Not only are his books perfectly written for the new reader they are written to be fun. My son loves to rhyme, something I learned when we started reading these books.
Rhyming in itself is a game for him, when we began reading Dr. Seuss' books I would find him laughing at what he was reading. Dr. Seuss' books are great, there are just a enough beginning words parsed with intermediate words to be easy yet challenging. Best of all there is just the right dose of silliness.
If your child is in kindergarten and practicing to read- pick up a Dr. Seuss book to read together. You read it first and try using funny voice to go along with the silly stories and characters he writes about. By reading the book first you can show your child just how fun a book can be paving the way for fun reading with your child.
Fun and Games
To really boost your
son or daughter's kindergarten reading, try playing rhyming games when
you are unable to sit and read. Have them take a guess at the first and
last letters of a word through sounding out.(this has been good for my
two year old as well)
Another great reading game to play is with sight words- ( I carry a sheet of star stickers for this one) have your child tell you when they recognize words on errands or around the house. My son loves to stop and tell me different words he knows just by looking at them.
Every time he tells me a word he know and where he sees it I give him a star sticker. He loves the validation he gets with the stickers. Encouragement is important too. Whenever he gets a sticker I am sure to praise his reading skills.
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