How To Motivate Your Child To Read

reading motivation

A couple of weeks ago, I began searching for an article that can help give me insight into motivation and reading. What motivates our children to read for pleasure?” As a child, reading was always a fun activity for me. I loved story time, book clubs and always had a book in my hand from the time that I was in 2nd grade.  When I was growing up, my only real distraction from reading with regard to electronics was my Atari and commodore 64 and after school activities were kept at a minimum. Homework was moderate and never felt overwhelming till I reached high school.

Raising two children now, there are significant differences in the workload expected at school and home. With the increased load of homework for an early elementary school student (including reading logs, quizzes, etc), there seems to be less and less time for parents and children to have “fun reading time”.

I found an interesting article written by Linda B. Gambrell titled Seven Rules of Engagement, What’s Most Important to Know about Motivation to Read (2011). Linda Gambrell is a distinguished professor of education in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University.

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Resource:

Gambrell, Linda.B. “Seven rules of engagement: What’s most important to know about motivation to read.” The Reading Teacher, 65.3 (2011): 172-178. Print.

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