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Motivation

Diane123on Thursday, February 28 2013, 08:59 AM
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What do you use to motivate your children to start a reading programme? How do you convince them to try something new and that it will be fun?!?
      
  • Replied by hoover7127on Thursday, February 28 2013, 02:42 PM·Hide·#1
    Just get them to do it and when they see improvement, that's all the encouragement they'll need. That's what did it for my son.
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  • Replied by mom23greatkidson Thursday, February 28 2013, 04:15 PM·Hide·#2
    I have to say, the folks at Easy Read and Spell Magic are the best motivators! They know how to appeal to the child's sense of wonder, self fullfillment and motivation! From the first day we tried the trial, my son was hooked on David's lullaby voice and the characters. I was watching the videos the following morning when my son heard his voice from the other room, he came running in shouting "David, it's David!!" For some reason, David's voice just works in this program! All of the postive feedback eggs the child on at each step..."yep, that's right..." etc The computer game at the end of each lesson is a real winner, not to mention the code word achievement gifts and letters addressed to the child. Sometimes kids don't believe their own parent's praise, so having it come from a second party helps instill their own sense of accomlishment. I would call David and speak with him about any concerns you have. They have been so supportive and even did an online lesson with my son. This program seems to have all of the answers! I would suggest you give it a trial with your child and see how it goes, you have nothing to lose...
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  • Replied by karen.gon Tuesday, March 05 2013, 02:31 AM·Hide·#3
    I know when I first started looking into literacy programs online, I was consumed with thoughts of how I would manage to get my son to do it every day. Some programs required a commitment of 50 minutes a day! I almost wept with relief when I found easyread. My son was enthusiastic after doing the trial lessons and couldn't wait to get started. He has required a bit of a push from time to time, there was a point where he didn't seem to be making much progress. Perseverence has paid off though, he is now improving in leaps and bounds. I think it takes understading what is going to work for your child, my son is usually quite unwilling to get involved with anything he perceives as 'educational' so when we first started easyread it was all about the games. Now the decoding has become almost second nature to him, the games don't interest him as much, he just wants to find out what happens in the story. Good luck!
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    Replied by sally123on Thursday, May 02 2013, 07:41 AM·Hide·#4
    My children have both enjoyed using the Lexia Reading program. In order to make progress, the program recommends at least three 20 minute sessions a week...so little but often. My children usually do four sessions a week. They both have homework to do and are involved in a lot of clubs so Lexia has fitted in brilliantly.
    The Lexia graphics are colourful and motivational. If your child struggles with a particular skill, the program gives them extra practice without them really knowing they have made mistakes. As they complete different activities within a level, a rung on the activity ladder is filled. When she completes a level, my fourteen year old daughter still calls from the computer in excitement, "I've completed another level mum!" They also receive a certificate when they complete all the activities in a level.
    As a parent I have found "managing" my children's work on Lexia relatively stress free. On the odd occasion where they have been a little tired, I have been able to remind them that they only need do twenty minutes. I think it is important to show them you are interested in what they are doing and achieving on the program. I often go into the room where they are working and ask them how they are getting on. Once or twice I have had to give them some help and guidance as to a skill they might be sticking on a bit. I think the program may soon be available on the i-pad which will no doubt add to children's motivation in wanting to use it.
    Overall - In my opinion Lexia is a great motivational reading program for both boys and girls.
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