As a parent myself, there are many things I've learned through the years to assist my children when they were not motivated to read. Here are a couple of ideas I've used:
- If your child whines about reading daily, make an agreement that you will read a page of their book, if they read a page. That way your child may not feel so overwhelmed. This will also help your child hear the expression and fluency in your voice.
- Lavish them with praise about how they are reading, and encourage them to read to other members of the family to "show off their good reading skills". This can be done with a sibling, special relative, or even a neighbor.
- Remember not to compare your children and their ability to read. First grade is such a tremendous growing year for your child and if he/she is encouraged to read daily, their growth as a reader and a writer will amaze you!