(Inside: Using online reading games to help reluctant readers will be a game changer in your homeschool! Try Reading Eggs for FREE to help your reluctant readers!)
I’ve always been a reader.
In fact, when I was six I used to time myself and read 20 minutes in 5 different novels, then quiz myself about what happened in each one just to test my comprehension.
Okay, so maybe I went beyond ‘reader’ and landed squarely in ‘nerd’ status. #Whatever
Then my oldest, Mr. C, followed in my nerdy footsteps exactly. You couldn’t get him to put his books down.
So imagine my surprise when the other kids couldn’t be bothered to read.
“A-Man! Cap’n M! We’re going to start reading books during school this year! Isn’t that exciting?”
“Eh. No thanks.”
I knew I’d have to pull out all the stops to help these reluctant readers, so I started using online reading games in my homeschool!
*This post is sponsored by Reading Eggs. I was given access to a family membership to try and I was compensated for my time. I was not required to give a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure for details.
Using Online Reading Games to Help Reluctant Readers
Everyone is more likely to do something when it’s fun, and what’s more fun than online gaming?
When we pull out the online reading games, my kids feel like it’s a reward and don’t give me any arguments!
But before I get into it more, let’s dig into the nitty gritty…
What is a Reluctant Reader?
A reluctant reader is a child who struggles with reading or doesn’t want to read.
These are the kids who would rather do anything besides reading, and they can often throw major fits when it’s time to sit down to reading lessons.
As they get older, these are the kids who watch the movie instead of reading the book for English class.
We all know these kids, but sometimes as a homeschooling mom, it can feel really defeating when you have a reluctant reader.
Was it something you did? Did you not read to them enough? Did you read to them too much?
But the fact is, reluctant readers just need a different approach to reading…
That’s where online reading games come in!
How Do Online Reading Games Help Reluctant Readers?
Whenever you can incorporate something fun into what your kids are learning, you will start to see a ton of benefits…
- They don’t argue about sitting down to do work.
- They retain information better because it was interesting to them.
- Your homeschool lesson is filled with smiles and giggles instead of yelling and tears.
And online reading games bring the fun into your homeschool reading lessons!
We like to use Reading Eggs online reading games because they are filled with bright, engaging lessons that my reluctant readers love.
They sing songs and kids can do the games mostly independently.
Our kids love online reading games so much they ask to do it outside of school time, and they don’t even realize they’re learning at the same time!
How to Fit Online Reading Games in Your Homeschool
But you might be thinking, how in the world can I add another thing to my already full homeschool day?
Or, if you’re me, that’s what you’d be thinking.
Because when you’re homeschooling a large family, it can be difficult to fit everything into your day.
So here are just a few hacks for fitting online reading games in your homeschool.
- Have one child play online reading games independently while another needs your attention.
- Have kids play Reading Eggs online reading games on a tablet while in the car running errands.
- Have kids play online reading games during quiet rest time in the afternoon.
- Have one child do online reading games instead of their reading lesson each day, rotate days so everyone gets a turn.
- Have kids play online reading games as a break when they get frustrated with their homeschool lesson.
Reading Eggs Online Reading Games?
My reluctant readers love playing Reading Eggs online reading games.
They’re interactive games that reinforce reading skills at each child’s individual level.
With different reading programs for kids 2-4, 5, 6-7, and 7-13, Reading Eggs is bound to have fun online reading games that are perfect for your child.
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