In the same way we build physical stamina by practice, we need to help our children build Reading Stamina by practicing their ability to concentrate for longer periods of time. After passing Course #1, you know how to help your children choose the appropriate book. Now let’s help them increase their concentration so they can read their books successfully.
Your 5 minute homework is this:
Set the stop watch on your phone and observe how long your children can sit quietly and do their homework or reading without needing a drink, a snack, a bathroom break, looking around, or talking. After you see that time, you will explain to them what Reading Stamina is and that you want to do an experiment to help them build their reading strength.
Set the timer on your phone for a few seconds below the time you observed them being quiet. This will give them a little head start as a motivator. Reward their good work. Every day, from now on, add one minute to the timer each day (30 seconds for young kids). Keep going up until they reach what you deem to be the correct time for their age. Keep reminding them what they are doing and keep rewarding them for achieving a new time.
You did it again! A+ for teaching your children how to build their Reading Stamina. Using the framework in my book, Creating Smart-Thinking Readers, work on building Listening Stamina by reading wonderful high-level picture book stories with them as you continue to create your smart-thinking readers. “Happy Reading!”