I try to tie the lessons to their recreational activities. For example, if a student loves to swim and we are doing reading lessons, we might try to look up famous swimmers in history. If my student loves horses, I find stories about horses that the student will enjoy. I always believe that if we start with something the student loves, the student will grasp reading more readily. Similarly, we can find ways to tie their likes in with other subjects - even subjects like math or science. There is always some aspect of the things they love best that can be found in every subject.