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7 Ways We Got Our Non-reader to Love Reading

7 Ways We Got Our Non-Reader to Love ReadingIt wasn’t too long ago that I was venting to you all that I didn’t think my kid would ever love reading. I have always had a great love for reading and for me, it seemed to come easy when I was a kid. Speed had never really shown any interest in reading and he would quickly become frustrated when we tried to encourage him to read more.

Well, it’s now been about six months or so and I am so happy to say that Speed (who will be 7 years old soon) now loves to read. Yesterday we sat down just before bed and he read (with complete confidence) an entire book to me — start to finish in French. It was amazing, so cool to watch and I was so proud of him. Not only that, but he was proud of himself, too.

I was so worried that it wouldn’t come to him and was hopeful that he would develop the love of reading that I’ve always had. I started to slowly change some things around here to see if I could gently mold him into a person who loves reading, and it seems to have worked.

Click through to read 7 ways we got our non-reader to love reading:


  • Followed His Cue 1 of 7
    Followed His Cue
    With Speed, we didn't want to push it so we waited. We knew the interest would come soon so we didn't press.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • One Language 2 of 7
    One Language
    Since Speed is in French Immersion school, we let him get a grasp of the French sounds before we introduced English sounds.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • His Choice 3 of 7
    His Choice
    Speed has some pretty specific interests, so we let him choose the books that he wanted to read (thanks, library).
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • We Read 4 of 7
    We Read
    We spent more time as a family reading together. All the kids would sit on my lap, and we would read and read and read again.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Pointed Out Sounds 5 of 7
    Pointed Out Sounds
    Outside of reading, we made things a sound game. If he asked for a snack I would say, "What does 'snack' start with?" We continued to do this over and over, but made it fun.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Read Everywhere 6 of 7
    Read Everywhere
    Closed captioning was on the TV, I would start to spell-talk and eventually he really got into it. Once he noticed words everywhere, he would start asking what it said and we'd start with the first letter and move on.
    Photo credit: photostock.
  • Build Confidence 7 of 7
    Build Confidence
    Speed does better when he knows he has a grasp at something. I believe that since we didn't push it, we didn't put that pressure on him. This allowed him to come into his own with his confidence.
    Photo credit: photostock.

Photo credit: adapted from photostock 

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