A major problem in education today is that there are students who are deficient in many academic tasks because they do not have the necessary reading skills needed in order to complete those tasks. For this reason detection and remediation of reading problems should begin early, when the problem is identified. It is important that teachers toward rather than away from reading. This means having good motivators which will encourage the child to want to learn to read. Teachers might look away from the traditional methods of motivation, toward some more non-conventional methods. Using various aspects of the arts in motivation of reading is a primary example of a non-conventional method which can be used by the teacher. There are four major areas of creative arts which can be utilized in the reading classroom to enrich and enhance the reading program. These are music, poetry, puppetry, and graphic art.
O'Bruba, W. S. (1987). Reading Through the Creative Arts. Reading Horizons, 27 (3). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol27/iss3/3