Today’s guest post is from CincyNanny.
By: Trisha Knueven
Have you ever ran into the dilemma of having a terrific reader who wants to read easier books? If so, I have some ideas for you! I recently read in a nanny newsletter some great ideas to encourage school agers to continue reading and the one that stuck out in my mind is to create a book club among the child’s friends. What a wonderful idea! Thank you Nanny Placement’s Newsletter for giving me that tip! Another thing that I like to do is read aloud playing “follow the leader.” This is where both of you sit down to read and take turns reading each paragraph or each page. This is helpful on those more difficult books or where there is a great deal of new vocabulary. Your reader can pick up on the many ways in which you read (speed, expression) and you can also model sounding out the difficult words with phonics or word family strategies. I have found this approach to be encouraging as it also focuses on sharing cozy quality time.
I have also tried to think of a way to encourage reading those tough books. With a quick search of the internet I found some helpful resources. There are several systems that are used to score a book’s reading level. Check with your elementary school to find the one that they use.