Building Reading Stamina

One goal for a successful reader is to build reading stamina. Reading stamina is a child's ability to focus and read independently for sustained periods of time without being distracted. Having reading stamina will help your child read and comprehend longer texts and assignments. Here are a few tips to help your child build reading stamina.
           1. Encourage your child to read in a variety of ways like "read to self, read  to someone,and listen to reading."
2.   Choose books wisely. If your child is reading alone, help him choose books that can decoded easily. If you are reading to your child you may choose a more difficult or engaging text.
3.   Set reasonable goals. Try starting with 10-15 minutes of reading time, and add a few minutes to your reading time every week or so.
4.   Remind your children that reading is everywhere and not just in the classroom or for homework. Play “I Spy Someone Reading" Create "I Spy you reading!" coupons. Each time someone "spies" another family member reading they present them with a coupon. Newspapers, magazines, cook books, cereal boxes, game directions and lots of other everyday items are great opportunities to catch them reading. At the end of each week, hold a drawing to award a family member with a prize. Special bookmarks or trips to the library or bookstore are a great way to encourage more reading.