The first question I always ask struggling readers is: Where do you read?
Almost always, the answer is: I read in my bedroom.
Aha!!…now for Question #2:
When do you read?
I read at night, when I’m done with all my other homework and I’m about to go to sleep.
Although reading before bedtime is a wonderful habit and a great component of good sleep hygiene, reading for school needs to be treated like any other homework assignment:
- Read during the day, when your mind is most awake and alert.
- Read at a table, with good lighting.
- Don’t read in your bedroom. Your brain will become too relaxed, plus it’s too easy to become distracted and let your mind wander.
- Better reading locations are the kitchen counter, the dining room table, a quiet coffee shop or the public library.
- Sit up straight in a chair (no lying on the sofa or floor). You’re not supposed to get too comfortable!
- Try standing while reading; it may help you stay alert.
- Take notes, annotate, or use Post-It notes to mark important points, observations, parts that confuse you, unknown words, etc. This will keep you thinking, absorbing, making connections…learning!
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