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My 8 year old always gets distracted trying to learn to read. What can I do

As a parent, helping your child learn to read can be a challenging task, especially when they struggle with staying focused. Distractions can come in many forms, from toys and games to phones and tablets. However, there are several strategies that you can use to help your child stay on track and develop their reading skills.


  1. Create a distraction-free environment: It's essential to create a quiet and distraction-free environment for your child to learn. Set up a designated reading space that is free from any distractions, including toys, electronics, or other people. This space should be comfortable and well-lit, with a comfortable chair and a small table for books and reading materials.
  2. Use engaging and interactive reading materials: One way to keep your child focused is to use engaging and interactive reading materials. Look for books with colorful illustrations, bold text, and interactive features, such as pop-ups or flaps. You can also use educational apps and online reading programs that offer fun games and activities to help reinforce reading skills.
  3. Break up reading sessions into shorter intervals: Children can have a shorter attention span than adults, so it's important to break up reading sessions into shorter intervals. Try to aim for 10 to 15-minute sessions, with short breaks in between. This will help your child stay focused and engaged without becoming overwhelmed.
  4. Use rewards and positive reinforcement: Rewards can be a powerful motivator for children. You can offer small rewards, such as stickers or treats, for completing reading tasks or reaching specific milestones. Additionally, be sure to provide plenty of positive reinforcement, such as verbal praise or high-fives, to help boost your child's confidence and encourage them to continue learning.
  5. Make reading a fun and enjoyable activity: Lastly, it's essential to make reading a fun and enjoyable activity for your child. Incorporate reading into everyday activities, such as bedtime stories, trips to the library, or family reading time. You can also involve your child in selecting books and reading materials that they find interesting and enjoyable.


In conclusion, helping your child develop their reading skills can be challenging, especially when they struggle with staying focused. However, by creating a distraction-free environment, using engaging reading materials, breaking up reading sessions into shorter intervals, using rewards and positive reinforcement, and making reading a fun and enjoyable activity, you can help your child stay on track and develop their reading skills.

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