Struggling Happens in ReadingStruggling Happens
There are many reasons for a student to be opposed to reading.
1. The reader is shy or afraid, and doesn't want to "mess up."
2. The reader has a learning disability.
3. The reader's vision is impaired (and you and your child may not even know it).
4. The reader doesn't want you to see that he or she is "behind."
5. The reader has negative beliefs surrounding learning how to read.
There a several other reasons to be opposed to reading, but whatever the reason, you find yourself in an uphill battle trying to help a child learn how to read.
Lil Rep Reading Practice Videos for Reluctant ReadersLil Rep Reading Activities For Reluctant Readers
This reading activity was designed for reluctant and/or struggling readers in mind. The Reading Practice Videos for Kids
below are short and sweet, but they can still provide valuable reading practice.
Go for a Walk
Ipsie & Ito
What's in the Box?
Ipsie & Ito
Ipsie & Ito
There are many reasons why reluctant readers may be open to trying these reading videos. First, this online reading resource
uses a streaming video. In the beginning, this may be an advantage because the environment is different than practicing with a book. This offers the child a change of pace and a different perspective. Second, the child is given a chance to repeat the words from memory (instead of sounding them out), which will give the student confidence in reading. Third, the struggling reader can practice alone if he or she is shy about reading. If the student participates fully in the activity, improvement will come.
Short Reading PracticePractice Reading In Short Bursts
Making time for quiet reading during a busy school day is a wonderful activity for most students. It has a calming effect on a class, and children can enjoy all the things reading has to offer. For reluctant readers, however, reading for 30 minutes straight might be too much to ask. They may spend the time figuring out ways to avoid reading, or simply space out for 30 minutes until a different activity comes along.
Therefore, struggling readers benefit from short reading practice
. The reading videos on this website will give the struggling reader a chance to participate in the reading practice, and then take a break. If the activity is repeated, the words will become more familiar to the student, and confidence will grow. At this point, play video again without sound, and let the reader complete the entire online story without any assistance (saying the words aloud while pointing at them). These reading videos will begin to build a reader's repertoire of sight words and improve a reluctant reader's vocabulary, speed, and overall skills. Note, if the readers are using the Lil Rep Reading Videos, switch to the corresponding online story without the repetition so the students can move faster through the story.
Informal Reading ActivitiesInformal Reading Activities
Doing informal reading activities
brings the enjoyment back into reading. Whether you are reading a novel, magazine, newspaper, or a comic book, these activities can allow the reader to build on a solid foundation of reading for enjoyment. Even if you are the one doing the reading at bedtime, it will be time well spent.
Do Something EasyDo Something Easy
As discussed in the reading tips
section, doing something easy can really help a struggling student's self esteem. These readers rarely get an opportunity to do an activity that they find easy. A reluctant reader that is below grade level is constantly trying to catch up, and this may take its toll on his or her self esteem. Meanwhile, students that are up to speed or above grade level are constantly doing activities without trouble, and this reinforces the beliefs that they are capable students.
By doing something easy, you are giving your reader a break, and maybe boosting his or her self esteem. The Lil Rep Reading Program provides online reading practice for beginner readers
. In this activity, you are going to stop for a moment, put all your great ideas aside, and just allow the student to do something easy without any teaching intervention. There are no major concepts to master, and no proficiency demonstrations for the teacher. However, you could add an easy quiz at the end. This reading activity gives them a chance to feel good about reading. As noted in the tips section, this tip does not recommend doing something easy all the time. However, it might be something worth throwing into the mix.
Combine Formal and Informal Reading ActivitiesCombine Formal and Informal Reading Activities
Informal vs. Formal Reading Activities
discusses the difference between formal and informal reading activities. It also discusses how struggling students may not enjoy doing formal reading activities. If they are behind, or they have negative beliefs about learning how to read, formal reading activities sometimes reinforce their negative beliefs (like "I can't do it," or "I'm not smart enough.") By combing formal with informal activities, you will hopefully be able to do something fun AND learn something at the same time.
Of course, doing something fun and learning at the same time is like the holy grail of teaching, and it is easier said than done. At least you don't have to come up with the activity by yourself! One activity is described below, and there are tons of resources available online.
Example of Combined Reading Activity Looks LikeReading Activity Example
You can use the videos on this website to create a reading activity for struggling students
that combines the characteristics of both informal and formal reading activities. For example, you can watch the three Egg Reading videos Egg and the Tree
, Egg Crosses the Street
, and Egg and the Key
. Give the students 10 minutes to watch the videos over and over, and let them know that they will be taking a quiz on their favorite of the three videos. Or, they will have to write or draw "what happens next" for his or her favorite of the three videos. Since each video is only 1-2 minutes, they will have time to watch the videos more than once, and the readers will have a choice about which video they prefer to do the activity on.
Reluctant Readers' Practice VideosReading Practice Videos for Reluctant and Struggling Readers
Here are the most popular reading activities for reluctant readers
. To get the most out of the reading activity, have the student say the words aloud while he or she points at them. Engagement with the activity in this way will make a huge difference.
Find a RoutineFind a Routine
Incorporating reading into your day through a set routine can really help. This can be difficult these days, especially if the student resists the activity. In order to ease your student's worries, you can start with really short lessons, and reward them for completing the lesson. For example, you can try to incorporate watching, then reading along to an egg video for 5 minutes everyday after dinner. When activities become part of a routine, readers will be less likely to resist, and they start to gain something from such a short amount of practice.
Give Struggling Readers a ChoiceGive Readers a Choice
By giving reluctant readers a choice, you can keep them interested in the reading activity. Sometimes, a small choice in the activity will make a huge difference from the reader's perspective by giving them some vested interest in the activity.
Program for Reluctant ReadersLil Rep Reading for Reluctant Readers
The Lil Rep Reading Practice uses short reading videos that combine audio with duplicate slides in a novel way to make the reading experience positive for reluctant readers that struggle with reading. If you are a parent or teacher looking for a short reading activity that will allow the reader to practice some simple reading skills in an efficient and effective manner, try this children's reading video
or check the reading index button at the top of the page. These reading practice videos for children allow them to "Listen and Look" at the words, and most importantly, they are asked to "Repeat and Point" at the words. This gives them a chance to participate in the reading practice.
Seeking Professional HelpSeeking Professional Help
Students can struggle when learning how to read for many different reasons. One solution will not work for each and every reader. Sometimes, seeking help from a Reading Specialist
really helps, and sometimes needs to be considered when looking out for the reader's best interests.