How are you? Have you ever had a child who didn’t like to read? Is reading difficult for your child? When I was teaching kindergarten, I saw students who struggled to read.
There are many reasons that students struggle to learn. Sometimes, it is lack of interest or a learning disability. Other times, it could be that others have dissuaded learning for some reason. People can be cruel at times and pick on others for learning or not learning quickly enough. Learning can seem “boring” to some.
Whatever the reason for the lack of learning, it is sometimes helpful to let a student know that he or she is not alone. It is nice to know that others struggle also at one thing or another.
Another strategy to help encourage learning is to make a game out of the material. Make learning fun. This can mean doing things like, talking and teaching while doing something physical or reading stories about various subjects or creating a treasure hunt with facts and questions. It can mean reading stories and discussing facts or creating an adventure.
So, a while back, I wrote a children’s book about a boy who doesn’t like to read. The other kids in school make fun of him, because he isn’t very good. His feelings are hurt and he doesn’t even feel like trying any more. His mother ends up turning things around for him. She makes reading fun. What book do I mean? The book is “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun” by Jodi Desautels.
Some reasons for reading difficulty aren’t helped as easily as others. However, I wanted children to know that they aren’t alone and that reading can be fun. That is why I wrote “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun”.
If you have a child who doesn’t like to read or has difficulty reading, you may want to try reading “Johnny’s Adventure Makes Reading Fun” to him or her. It has helped others and could help your child as well.
Now, it is your turn.
I am glad you are here. What are your strategies for working with a child who doesn’t like to read? Leave a comment, so we all can learn from each other.
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How are you? The school season is either finished for the year or coming to a close for many students. For students who are quick to learn, a summer break from school isn’t an issue. Yet, not every student is quick to learn.
Sometimes, a mild setback during summer months is okay. I mean, everyone has setbacks in one form or another, right? It is a fact of life. It isn’t so bad. Everyone needs to learn how to deal with setbacks.
Yet, for some students, especially for those already struggling, it is nice to give some sort of educational practice or guidance throughout the summer months as well. Many times, this extra practice and guidance can be in the form of an “always learning” mindset. That is to say, you can create learning experiences in every day conversation and experiences, sometimes without the student suspecting it.
So, what do I mean by an “always learning” mindset? (Note: This is a term I just made up. It can be likened to a lifelong learner as an adult, I would think.) I mean, when your kindergarten student helps set the table, have him or her count the number of people and then ask something like, “So, how many plates will we need?” And, guide him or her to make the one to one connection between people and plates.
Another example of an “always learning” mindset, might be to ask your child questions like, “Oh, that is a cute little chipmunk. What do you think they eat?” Then, of course, look up the answer and share it with your child. It only takes a few minutes, but it encourages wonderment and role models wanting to learn, asking questions, and seeking answers.
There are times when a more structured learning experience might be called for during the summer months. I really think it is important to help struggling learners during summer break from school. Why? I think this is important, not only because maintaining or advancing in educational skills is so valuable, but also because it could greatly improve the confidence of the student.
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I would like to hear about some of your summertime learning activities. Do you practice an "always learning" mindset with your child? What sort of help could you use in your education journey? Thank you for your comments and feedback. Feel free to comment below or contact me. Thank you for being here. I appreciate it.
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