Most teens view reading as a boring task, which prevents them from exploring the huge world of literature, non-fiction, and other fascinating material. Explore these three ways to get your teenager more excited about reading.
At first, getting a reluctant reader to jump into a book can be hard. One way to get things moving is to give incentives to read. Set up a system through which your teen can earn privileges and rewards by reaching reading goals, which include conversations about what they’re reading, and not just a focus on the number of pages read. With time and the right reading materials (books, newspapers, online articles, etc.), they’ll slowly begin to take to reading themselves.
Establish Family Reading Time
Set up a time each week to read as a family which demonstrates a shared commitment to reading. Modeling reading is a good way to encourage your student to pick up on the habit. You don’t all need to read the same thing—mix it up with newspapers, magazines, and books. This shared time allows you to bond and work on strengthening your relationship as a family of learners.
Find the Right Books
Reading is a chore if the subject matter of a book doesn’t enthrall you. One of the very best ways to get your teenager reading is to find the right book. Explore your children’s interests and ask them about writing styles that appeal to them. Chat with the clerk at the local bookstore or your librarian to see what authors or genres fit their preferences. With the right types of book, you can ignite a desire to read in anyone. From beloved teen literary classics like The Catcher in the Rye to youth favorites like Harry Potter, there is something for everyone.
As you encourage your teen to read, be sure you stress the benefits they gain through reading. For even more suggestions to get your teen reading, contact the Literacy and Language Center at (415) 242-1205.