Confidence-Building Techniques for Reluctant Readers

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Boosting confidence in reading skills is essential in overcoming reluctance and helping your reluctant readers to develop their literacy and linguistic skills and enjoyment of reading.

A lack of confidence can manifest in several ways:

  • Avoidance of reading

  • Limited participation in reading, games or group activities.

  • Negative self-perception

  • Reluctance to seek help

  • Impact in educational and linguistic development

  • Reluctance to engage and interact with peers

‘Create a supportive environment that encourages reading without pressure.’

Pauline Tait

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Parents and carers can help reluctant readers develop a positive attitude towards reading, build essential skills, and ultimately enhance their overall confidence in literacy by incorporating achievable goals into daily life.

  • Personalized Reading Materials: Offering books on topics or characters your reluctant readers enjoy can increase their engagement and build confidence as they tackle familiar subjects.

  • Encouragement and Positive Feedback: Offering consistent praise and positive reinforcement while celebrating even the smallest of achievements can go a long way in boosting confidence. It can motivate continued progress and improve a child’s overall wellbeing.

  • Supportive Reading Environment: Create a supportive environment that encourages reading without pressure. I’ve mentioned the designated reading corner before, and many have found they work extremely well.

  • Paired Reading: This is where your reluctant reader reads the same piece of text aloud at the same time as a peer or adult. Reading together helps flow, confidence and linguistic development.

  • Setting Achievable Goals: Set realistic reading goals that your reluctant reader feels are achievable, such as completing a specific number of paragraphs, pages or chapters. This can relieve pressure on your reluctant reader and make their reading task less daunting.

Call to Action

This week’s call to action is all about boosting the confidence of your reluctant reader. Not just in reading, but in their overall wellbeing. When a child feels confident in multiple areas of their lives, the impact on their overall wellbeing is significant.

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