Ways to support children who are reluctant or struggle to read at home
1. Encourage them to use their PQRST reading method which is used in school when doing any reading. PQRST Strategy - YouTube
2. Encourage self-monitoring when reading too:
Does what I have read made sense?
Do I need to re-read this or talk it through with someone?
- Can I link what I have read to some earlier parts?
3. Key word lists/glossaries are also great, so focus on common words or words they often get wrong. You can have this up in places they will see (the fridge, the back of the bathroom door, if you have a board up in the kitchen etc).
4. Barrington Stokes Publishers have great "high interest, low readability" books.
Your child may not have dyslexia, but these are also great for “reluctant readers”
Dyslexic and Reluctant Readers - Barrington Stoke
5. Encourage mind mapping when your child is researching or making notes.
6. Have subtitles on as you watch TV. Also, if they watch videos on YouTube, you can put the captions on.
7.Read with your child or read to them. If they are reluctant to read, then audiobooks help. Try to link these to subjects or genres they like, or engage with. They can also use the “immersive reader” function on the Bishop Ramsey digital reading E-Platform, which reads the text aloud whilst tracking the words.
8. Ask them questions about things you read together. Often something like an article from the "Metro" newspaper is good for this; you can pick articles they are interested in. They also have access to an online student newspaper called The Day, via the BR Student Portal, on which the reading level can be adjusted.
9. Encourage them, when reading a Word document or PowerPoint, to use the "immersive reader" function, which reads the text aloud, whilst tracking the words.
10. Model positive attitudes to reading with your child – discuss your favourite author or book with your child, or the films that have been made based on books.