“When children believe they can’t read, then they won’t read. It is a simple equation.” — Stephanie Sawhney, IMSE Journal
If you follow Lead to Read KC, it’s likely you are aware that medical experts have declared a national emergency in children’s mental health, citing the serious toll of the pandemic, on top of existing challenges. Did you know that helping a child improve their reading skills can give them a boost in self-confidence?
Students who don’t read well often have low self-confidence. When it comes to reading, the ability — or inability — to read affects students in every single subject.1 That low self-confidence often carries over, leaving a student mentally and emotionally exhausted in and out of school.2
In addition to the improvement in reading skills that can be gained by practice with a caring adult, relationships with caring adults — like those formed between Lead to Read KC students and Reading Mentors — also can play a significant role in a student’s life.
The adage “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” applies to interactions with a struggling reader. Student motivation and confidence increase when they feel cared for and supported.3
Are you a Reading Mentor looking for ways to help increase your student’s self-confidence? Take a couple minutes during a reading mentoring session to ask questions, such as:
What’s something you’ve done well today?
What are three good things you can tell me about yourself?