Twenty minutes of reading

Perhaps your child’s teacher has assigned a reading log with 15-20 minutes of reading time each night.
Twenty minutes? With picture books? My child can’t even read! You might be thinking to yourself.
Don’t panic. I have a list of ways you can try to build your child’s reading stamina to boost their reading.
Emphasis on the word build. It takes time to become an avid reader and sometimes despite all your effort, it still may not happen, but at least you’re going to give it a try.

  • Use books on audio-Hear me out on this one, because you may think, How is that reading? But even if your child is just listening, they are learning when to turn the page and following along with the pictures. I like to use little portable cd players that I found for( ten bucks at the time) on Amazon. When scholastic book orders come in, I order book and cd sets for my kids to listen to. It’s a little old school because CDs are like dinosaurs almost, but my kids love the music that goes along with the story and many times there are actors that read the stories. You can use tablets too! See #5
  • Hidden Pictures and/or workbooks-You can always find a good kid-friendly workbook almost anywhere especially in the dollar section at Target or at the Dollar Tree. I once found a kids workbook at Hobby Lobby for seventy-five cents! I bought four of them for friends. My son now sits at the counter and reads the directions to each one as I cook or wash dishes and I help him when needed. Both of my children also like the Highlights Magazine Hidden Picture puzzles (sold separately from the magazine itself). I found it here on Amazon. This is reading and it counts. At first, your child may just look at the picture to see what they need to find, but this is no different than a picture book, kids use pictures to help them tell a story.
  • Games-Games with cards that tell them what to do are especially good for this one or even scrabble (even if it’s phonetic scrabble(mentioned in Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything novel). A friend of mine gave me this idea when they moved and didn’t install their TV (looking at you Kari). They have all sorts of games that they play daily, and it helps to improve not only reading but logical thinking.


  • Comics-This could be a comic strip in the newspaper, like peanuts (my preference) or a beginner level comic book. These give small pictures with little dialogue boxes. I will say that this may be better for older children because sometimes jokes go over the little ones’ heads.
  • Tablets-Tablets are great resources for kids to read a book or listen to a book. This is my last suggestion only because there are distractions on a tablet. If you’re not monitoring, your child could venture over to another app (i.e. games, videos). Can tablets be helpful? Absolutely. I’m not knocking them, just stating my preference.

What ways do you help your child read for Fifteen minutes or more?

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