There’s no getting around the reality that everything is becoming more hi-tech. When was the last time you picked up a book, anyway? In these computer-driven times, we worry that our kids will be limited to reading text messages and social media status updates. We want them to be excited about reading classics like Charlotte’s Web and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, cherishing the worn pages of those books as we did, once upon a time.
It’s on us to figure out how to help kids read, and more importantly, how to encourage kids to read. As Abraham Lincoln famously said, “The things I want to know are in books. My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I [haven’t] read.” So be that best friend to your kid and find ways to get them reading. Times have changed and we need to become Y2K compatible to get our kids amped for reading in more innovative, current ways. To find some strategies for ourselves (and for you, of course), we searched far and wide to come up with these ten 21st century ways to help kids read and get amped about it.
1. Go Hollywood
Find books that have a movie associated with them. Whether the movie is good or bad matters not. Read the book—together if possible—then watch the movie, definitely together, and discuss similarities and differences.
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