I can remember as a kid not wanting to read aloud during class. Anxiety often got the best of me. What if I messed up? My classmates would make fun of me. Now, what if I felt that way and I was a struggling reader? I know that struggling readers can feel judged by their peers. Instead of reading to people, what if their captive audience is a loving pet! Encourage a struggling reader to build confidence by reading to a pet.
Any loving pet that can sit by your child’s side while he or she reads to them is the best audience, EVER. Here is why:
- There is absolutely no one there to judge, snicker or pressure them to read perfectly.
- The struggling reader can read the same book over and over to a pet to build confidence and fluency. Pets do not mind hearing the same story a hundred times.
- Petting a pet can relieve stress. If the reader is stuck on a word, he or she can take a moment to pet the animal and then begin to read again.
- Once your reader is finished reading let the pet give the reader an affectionate lick! Positive reinforcement is always nice.
Don’t own a pet? Ask a family member, a neighbor, or friend if you can borrow theirs!
This post is part of our grow a reader series. Click on the image below to view the rest of our interesting tips and ideas in this series.
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