Today’s post is the final one in our Raise a Reader series, focusing on the 9-12 year old age range. At this age, children are reading on their own and don’t read with their parent as often. Yet you should still be actively involved in what your child is reading and how they are progressing.
Most likely, your child has moved from children’s books into chapter and young adult books. Here are tips on working with and staying involved with your 9-12 year-olds reading:
– Always monitor what they are reading and if it’s appropriate content-wise. Just because they can read it, doesn’t mean they should!
– Help them find books that spark the desire for continued reading. Series books or books based on movies are two ideas that will make them want to read more.
– Explore audio books! Audiobooks offer an opportunity for you and your child to enjoy the story together, and it helps with their vocabulary, concentration and comprehension skills.
– Read the same book your child is reading in school. Discuss the storyline, character development and predictions on what will happen next.
– Explore other types of reading materials: newspapers, magazines and age-appropriate websites can be fun and a great place for learning. Don’t forget, reading skills can be still developed while your child is focused on other interests, like games and activity kits.
– Don’t be afraid to still read to your child. Reading aloud in a quiet place is a great bonding experience for parent and child no matter the age, and often leads to conversations about their day and life.
Just because your child is growing up doesn’t mean you have to stop reading together! Sharing a life-long love of books can start at any age. Looking for new books to read with your pre-teen? We love:
- Science Lab Series: Optical Illusions Lab or Science Lab
- Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Brothers Grimm: 101 Fairy Tales by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Our “Raise a Reader” blog series offers up tips, discussion points and recommendations on reading with your child from infant to 12 years of age. Check out our previous age groups covered: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 3-4 years and 5-8 years.