How to Catch the Reading Bug

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Catching the reading bug begins by being exposed to a variety of books, allowing students to choose their own reading material and making regularly schedule trips to the library. Allow young students the opportunity to love reading with advice from a former classroom instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura, from, and I'm going to talk about how to catch the reading bug. If you're really wanting to help a child or a student, to become a more enthusiastic reader, one of the best ways to start, is to expose them to writing that is aligned with their interests. Let them choose books, whether it's fiction or nonfiction, that are about a topic that they're really interested in, and sometimes nonfiction can be a really gateway book for some kids. Maybe they're fascinated with insects, or cars, or fire trucks, and a book about one of those topics can really turn them on. They might become obsessed with just that one book, but it can really start to give them a habit, of thinking of books as something enjoyable, and also they might be motivated to learn to read, because of wanting to read this book, that's about something they really care about, and encouraging students to choose their own books, making a trip to the library a fun part of your week, or month, where you have a regularly scheduled trip to the library, can make it a little bit more exciting, or giving them a little bit of money to spend at the bookstore, or to order books from the school book order, can be a way to make reading really seem like something exciting and fun, and make a book something that are kind of a special treat. Also, talking about books at the table, or encouraging conversations about favorite books, and books that they enjoy, and can talk about as an expert, can be a way to really encourage and make reading a more social experience. The television show, Reading Rainbow, really gives kids a lot of fuel for caring about books, and learning about books, so that's another good tool to use in introducing reading, and making reading more fun, in your family's life, so those are some ideas, about how to catch the reading bug.


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