Incentives for Children to Read at Home

Children can sometimes be reluctant readers at home.  Typically, teachers suggest that children should read at home for a minimum of thirty minutes in addition to their daily homework.  You may find that having your child read every evening for thirty minutes isn’t as easy as it sounds.  Sometimes you need to have creative incentives for children to read more.  Here are some fun ways to encourage your child to read at home.

Incentives for Children to Read at Home

Create a reading bingo card similar to this.  The goal is to have your child read for the thirty minutes in various places, during different activities, or to various people at home.  Once they fill in a specified amount (a row, a column, or the whole card) the child then earns a coupon that can be redeemed for various incentives like a trip to the park or a new book.

Additional incentives for children could include earning special activities like a board game night, having a sleep over with friends, decorating cupcakes together, or earning TV and video game time.  These incentives can be used after they have reached a specific goal such as reading for 100 minutes, 300 minutes, 500 minutes, etc.  You can keep a reading chart that is visible in the house hold.  Here are a variety of cute reading charts that you can print at home.

Encouraging your child to read at home doesn’t have to be a struggle.  Coming up with creative incentives can help guide them into becoming life long readers.

Reading Curriculum and Reading Games by Smart Tutor

Article By Laura VanHellemont

Photo By Chuckwrox



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