Children are not born hating to read. Preschoolers love to be read to and love to “read” their own books. I can remember my own children when they were small poring over the same old books for half an hour at a time. But sometime in early adolescence, many children who once delighted in reading turn into book haters. So why do so many children become bibliophobes and can anything be done to turn reading back into a pleasure?
In an online article for Scholastic.com, author LouAnne Johnson offers a list of reasons kids despise reading, some of which follow:
- They read slower than their peers and, thus, get left behind.
- They expect to be tested on what they read, and they expect to fail the test.
- They believe they’ll have to finish every reading selection, no matter how long or difficult.
- They believe they are too far behind to ever catch up.
- They lack interest in the assigned reading material.
- They are unable to retain what they’ve read.
Kids reading at a slow pace will get bored and their minds will wander. As a result they are unable to concentrate on their reading, ensuring they will get even further behind their peers. What is needed is not to slow down their reading, but rather to speed it up. Speedreading enables students to speed their reading up 3 to 5 times their current rate. In no time, they’ll be able to catch up with their peers. What’s more, speedreading promotes greater comprehension, retention, and recall of what’s been read, giving them confidence and improving their chances of passing their tests.