Does Your Child Dislike Reading?

Why Kids Dislike Reading

Why Some Kids Dislike Reading & What You Can Do About It

The Possible Reasons

Why some kids dislike reading can be because of a number of factors. Forcing a child to read is not a great approach for reluctant readers. There is likely a reason why your child is shying away from books or reading in any form. It’s important to get to the bottom of the issue before doing anything else.

For many kids, a reluctance to read is intrinsically linked to other learning concerns, and even disabilities. Kids with dyslexia, for example, may shy away from reading because they find it too difficult and challenging. Traditional reading methods simply do not work for them.

In other cases, kids may be too hyperactive to sit and focus on reading, much preferring to play or do something physical. Other children may find reading boring for other reasons and are easily disinterested in the things put in front of them.

Tackling the Issue

For kids with learning disabilities like dyslexia or even kids that are on the spectrum, you will first need to find out what works for them. Getting them the help they need to learn how to read as early on as possible is important. This is especially important when it comes to keeping them at the right reading level for their age and grade. Once you find a way to help your child grasp reading skills, you can employ some of the other fun methods to get them hooked.

 

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Activities to Make Reading Fun

With creative activities, you can help engage troubled readers as well as  kids who simply find reading boring. Here are some ideas to pique your child’s interest and help overcome their qualms with reading:

  • Scavenger Hunts
    Create a scavenger hunt, looking for words, letters, phrases, or anything else you can think of. Before you start make cards for your child to find. Hide them around the house. Try using construction paper and other arts and crafts materials. Have the kids join in on the creativity too!

Good for: kids that can’t sit still, find sitting and reading too boring, or kids who are still learning to follow narratives

  • Sight Word Hangman
    Use sight words in a friendly game of hangman! Hangman still employs key reading and vocabulary skills. This game is known for helping kids remember words and boost their spelling abilities.

Good for: kids who struggle through words or get easily distracted

  • Write Your Own Book
    This is a great way to get kids interested in books. It also helps to find out exactly what they might be interested in seeing in other books. Most of all, it makes a great memento you can keep forever. Journaling over the summer is a great time to do this project.

Good for: kids that can’t sit still, find sitting and reading too boring

  • Recorded Readings
    Record yourself and your child reading books or acting scenes out aloud in regular or silly voices. (Think: robot, alien, fancy, impressions, etc.)

Good for: kids that can’t sit still, find sitting and reading too boring, kids who get easily distracted

Promote Reading with These Ideas

  • Make a Library Trip 

Take your child to pick out their own book at the library. Do not make an suggestions and offer no judgement. Let your child read it when he wants to and where he wants to. Total freedom.

  • Stay Up Late 

Let them stay up later, but ONLY to read. Let your older kids stay up 30 minutes later than their younger siblings if they want to read. (They will always say yes.)

  • Get a Personalized Book

Make them the STAR of their very own story. They become the main character which will put a unique twist to reading. Personalized Kids Books are a great way to get reluctant readers reading again. They will love reading about their very own adventures.

How To Handle Picky Eaters


Picky Eaters

How to Handle Picky Eaters and What May Help Them Get Over It

Many kids are known for being picky eaters, and there may be reasons for that. Certain vegetables or greens can taste bitter to a child’s hypersensitive taste buds.

Other foods, like cilantro, can taste soapy to certain individuals while it may taste delicious to others. In other cases, however, picky eating may just come down to preferences and experiences. Kids who are not exposed to other foods may become cautious eaters and grow hesitant to trying something new. However, other kids may have a legitimate issue with texture and taste.

Hows and Whys

The first step to understanding your picky eater is to figure out where their pickiness comes from. If it’s a matter of taste and texture, you can try and work around these issues by sticking to foods that do not have these features. For instance, if broccoli is too bitter, sweet peas may be a better tasting alternative. If it all comes down to fear of the unknown, then there are some other things you can consider.

A Head’s Up

Giving kids options, or letting them know what is available, can help them eat what’s in front of them. If they are conditioned to believe that you’ll whip up some macaroni and cheese anytime they don’t like or refuse to eat something, they may begin refusing to eat certain foods outright without even trying.

You can let them know ahead of time what to expect when it comes time to eat. Letting them know that if they don’t like what’s on the menu is fine. But you can also emphasize that there are no other options.

Allowing kids to know what to expect and giving them a window can help mentally prepare them for the meal to come. This will also help prevent a tantrum, especially if they might otherwise be surprised by a new or unfamiliar food. Another option is to get kids involved in cooking so that they are more likely to eat if they were a part of the process.

Keep it Fresh

Spicing things up a bit can help, too. Keep in mind though that taste buds are sensitive in children. However, exposing them to different flavors, spices, and other ingredients early on can help make new foods more familiar to them. If they have something to refer back to, they may be more adventurous and willing to try new dishes.

Make it a Group Activity

Eating as a family certainly helps, too. When you eat as a unit, it becomes more of a family activity rather than a chore, especially for kids who would much rather play than eat a meal. Plus, plenty of studies show that kids who eat dinner with their families have healthier diets, better vocabularies, and much more.

You can still expect kids to get squirmy after a while and not finish everything on their plate, but by making dinner and other meals a sit-down family affair, it can help coerce them into being a part of the activity itself and come to really appreciate family meals together.

A Little Bribery Can Go a Long Way…

If all else fails, you can always promise them ice cream. While you shouldn’t allow them to replace a meal with a treat, the idea of a treat afterward, or when a good portion of the food is gone can help. You can also apply this to seconds, as well. However, if your child prefers one part of the main course over another, no seconds will be allowed. Once they’ve eaten a good amount of their vegetables or other healthy side also included in the meal.

The Power of Personalized Disney Books

Personalized Disney Books

Personalized Disney Books and It’s Importance for Kids

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” — Walt Disney

With Disney stories kids can find the courage they need to believe in themselves just as their favorite characters do.With personalized Disney books from KD Novelties, kids can feel even more connected to their favorite characters by being inserted into the very stories that they already know and love.

Disney has been inspiring kids and adults alike for almost 100 years. With groundbreaking full-length animated motion pictures, computer animated adventures, and more, Disney has created countless classics. Disney is the source of many of today’s most beloved characters. For children connecting with such characters can be incredibly helpful. As kids learn to grow and develop into their own individuals, they face challenges and obstacles that may stand in their way.

Personalized books have proven to be beneficial to children in many ways. For reluctant readers, finding themselves at the center of the story can be enough to draw them in. It can also help them develop key skills that can help improve reading comprehension.

Personalized books can help kids who are going through certain milestones such as learning to potty train or going to school for the first time. These books can help them actualize their goals and feel less alone.

Kids can enjoy more than 25 Disney books at KD Novelties, and each one can be personalized. They can learn about courage and friendship along with their favorite Disney Princesses in “Disney Princess Tales of Bravery” and “Disney Princess Tales of Friendship.” They can also join the Avengers or other daring Marvel characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” or “Thor Ragnarok”.

And you can’t go wrong with classics like “Disney’s Winnie the Pooh Story Book”, “Disney’s Snow White Story Book”, or “Disney’s Pinocchio Story Book.” They can even enjoy more recent Pixar classics like “Disney’s Finding Nemo”, or “Disney’s Finding Dory” and more.

“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh

With the help of lovable characters and timeless stories, Disney has inspired generation after generation to keep trusting in themselves. Working toward their dreams, and believing in the power of love, friendship, hope and courage. With their favorite characters at their side in the heart of their favorite stories, kids can learn to love reading and to become their best selves with personalized Disney books.