Struggling readers read your own writing

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School Supplies 3 Some kids HATE to read.  Some kids hate to write.  Does your child hate to read or write?  If they hate reading, or struggle, try having them read their own writing. Melissa Depper, a youth services librarian at Arapahoe Library District, reminded me that a story written in the reader’s own words iseasier for him or her to read.   Not to mention, more motivating. Before you panic about your struggling reader writing a book, Melissa Depper suggests you take dictation.  In other words, you write what your child says.  Easy peasy — more or less. Options for the book include fancy book making kits like this one from Amazon.   Cheaper and easier is folding paper in half and voila, there’s a book. Slightly harder, but very important is a topic.   Here are a few ideas:

  • Write a small moment.  Something from the day that just happened.  Something that happened earlier.illustory
  • Write about a first – first day of school, first lost tooth, first trip to  ______, first plane flight, first broken something, etc
  • Write about a pet – care, sickness, when you got it, how you named it, etc.

Stuck?   Post a comment or email me at melissa (at)  Happy writing!

A bit more about this blog…

If you’re a teacher, parent, librarian, or grandparent, my blog, Imagination Soup, is the perfect resource for you to find good children’s books.

You’ll find Children’s Books by Age starting with board books for babies 0 and 1 year olds.

One of the most popular book lists is Kindergarten Reading. This is a time when kids need good books and lots of practice.

Once you move beyond early readers, you might be looking for chapter books for first graders aka. 1st Grade Books.

At around age 7, kids are ready for 2nd Grade Books or Second Grade Books.

The next level up is Third Grade Reading Chapter Books for 3rd Graders. 3rd grade reading books are generally for ages 8 and 9.

Ages 9 and 10 are in 4th Grade so if you need 4th Grade Reading ideas, you’ll want those book recommendations.

Find the Best Books for 5th Graders in my Fifth Grade Books list. Books for 5th Graders are for age 10 and 11.

Age 11 and 12 is usually 6th grade. On this list, you’ll find 6th Grade Reading recommendations that they’ll love.

7th grade books are for kids around age 12.

When kids turn 13, they’re in 8th grade in the U.S.

High school books are classified as Young Adult (YA). Find Chapter books for Teens and Nonfiction Books for Teens.


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