Not every child is an automatic reader – those kids who seem to pick up reading as easily as blinking and smiling, and who always seem to have books tucked under their arms (if not held in front of their faces). If you have a reluctant reader, or your child likes to read but needs extra help understanding the stories behind the words, try these free printable worksheets and goal charts that can take the chore and bore out of reading.
- Bookmark Minutes – Print these bookmarks and have your child record the minutes he spends reading on each line, either for each day or for each time he sits down to read the book. Even reluctant readers or kids who struggle with reading can feel successful when they can count minutes, instead of pages, that they spent reading.
- Chapter Chart – Sometimes reading chapter books can be daunting tasks for kids who are either struggling to read or for those who just haven’t been caught up in the excitement of books yet. Sometimes kids simply feel too much pressure to enjoy reading that they think they have to enjoy everything they read. This chart encourages kids to think about each chapter, and gives them permission not to like it.
- Basic Reading Chart – This chart encourages kids to record the titles of the books they read, and each book helps them get to their goal of reading 5 books. You can work with your kids to determine how long it might take to read those 5 books, and whether or not there will be a small token reward at the end of each book. This could even be a sticker to put on the step, a new bookmark, or you could just let the reading be the reward.
- Chain of Events – When kids start to read books that involve bigger plots, it can be helpful to have them think about all of the details that make up the story. When they can recognize details in the stories they read, they will also improve their writing abilities. Details work together, just like a chain of events – and reading can unlock so many doors!
- Following Clues – One of the skills that older readers can develop is how to follow clues in a story. Sometimes as kids read they just aren’t sure which clues might be needed to solve the mystery or problem. Have them record the clues they think they find along the way, but also make sure they go back and look at the clues they recorded after they read the story to see if they would make a good reading detective!
[I originally shared these at BetterParenting.com]