How do I get my 10 year old interesting in Reading!! loves math and science, but reading is a chore!! Thanks.

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Kelly - posted on 01/22/2009

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Read together...find something they will enjoy...find some time...start reading and before you know it, your not reading fast enough and they want to finish on there own.. did it with both my kids...probably around the same age 10...the first Harry Potter for my son, and Nim's Island for my daughter...it just came out on video..my kids also love to go to used book stores...hope this helps...

Tami - posted on 01/22/2009

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I took my son (just after he turned 10) to Sylvan because I was concerned he wasn't reading at his age level. I wanted to make sure he was understanding what he was reading. We took an assessment test and found that he was reading at a 9 1/2 year old level. His vocabulary was average but his comprehension was below average.



I asked the same question to them: how do I get him interested in reading so he can understand what he's reading? Their answer: let him pick the books about things he was interested in. I was pushing him to try to read books that were more difficult for him.



He loves sports, science, math, and animals. We went to a book store and found a lot of books for his age that were on these topics. His biggest love is sports. We have a lot of books about sports. He's reading statistics (using math), team names and locations (geography) and can locate where they are at on the map, and he's learning a lot about his favorite animals.



Since we let him pick what he wants to read about, it has to be approved by us of course, he's learned to like reading more and his grades have improved.



Some nights are more difficult to get him to read, but he's working a little harder at it now and doing much better. I've even read some of his books ahead of time so I can create simple quizzes to make sure he's comprehending what he's reading.

Tracey - posted on 01/22/2009

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My daughter is 10, and like your child, she loves math, music, science,geography....but reading is humdrum. We struck up a bargain with her, she got to pick the book, and in turn I read it to her. The second book, we read together, like Shellie did. One page I read, the next she read. The third book she had to read to me. Now, she goes to bed 20mins earlier, reads for that 20mins. every night, and if she does this every night for an entire 20 days....she earns a pizza, just for her. She loves it. And now she loves to read.Took me a month to get there, but persistance won her over!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck......and remember, it doesn't matter what children read, as long as they read. Comic books, novels, even cereal boxes is a start.

Beth - posted on 01/22/2009

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Well, reading the other mom's posts gives me hope he will grow to enjoy reading.  I have tried the reading w/ him  him 1 page me 1 page etc..that didnt work but now that these Star Wars books are drawing his attention and holding it I am hopeful he will find more books to enjoy!  Just never give up on encouraging it!

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my boys HATE reading....its like pulling teeth in my house!!! and unfortunately they NEED to practice more often!!! what i do is try to find books that are appealing to each age group.... i have to FORCE them to read...what seems to work is having them read aloud....its a pain in the ass, but whatever works right????

Nichole - posted on 01/24/2009

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First I have to say that you don't want to force it or it feels like a punishment and that makes kids turn away from things. Second try getting books about math or science rather than a novel or story book. Sometimes if the book is based on the right topic it is of more interest to them and they are more likely to read it.

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Had another thought I have 3 boys and "WALTER THE FARTING DOG" was a huge hit!short and very funny but 10 year old will take about 30 miutes or so to read it.

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I found with one of my boys is to find anything that they are interested in.Dont expect them to love reading to some adults it still is a chore.I found magasines, japanese comic books,he likes to read the instruction books to games or bulding things.It doesnt have to be Shakespeare.Last week he even read the community activities guide while i was making supper! he though he was helping me because I did`nt have the time. Like another Mom said some people just don`t like reading.

Jennifer - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hello, I would say the same as everyone else, books of interest or magazines and also leave one lying in  the bathroom,I know it sounds silly but people do get board on the toilet and he might just pick up a magazine or book.  I always have books in there lol!!! Hope this helps.

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2009

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My son was not a fan of book reading.  He loved sports magazines, and sports stories, but wasn't really interested in books until we came across the sports books by Matt Christopher.  He loved them!  Also, my son is a huge fan of Edgar Allan Poe.  Once he started reading those poems/short stories, it led to other poetry.  Once I found what he really ejoyed, reading was enjoyable to him.

Lisa - posted on 01/22/2009

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Well, my son hates to read.  He used to even force himself to go to sleep, or get into trouble so he could get out of reading.  However, I had a teacher that told me to find out what kinds of books he likes to read.  So after a many different book types, we found out he likes create your own adventure books.  Now he gets a new book each week, and loves to read them over and over.  Since you can change the story almost everytime.  It all depends on the kid.  I also made an agreement with him that if he wants to see a movie and there is a book on it, he has to read the book first.  My son is a huge history buff.. and well he read Flags of Our Fathers in about 12 days, so he could go to the opening of the movie.

Gwen - posted on 01/21/2009

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do you have a boy or a girl?  My 10 year old DS likes to read (now, at least!), but he did struggle with it back in 1st and 2nd grade.  Once we found books he liked, however, he really got into it!  i would reccomend letting them read anything they want (that's appropriate, obviously).  He started off reading books too young for him, but IMO it was better than nothing!  He even takes a stab at books i suggest, but if he's read the first chapter and still doesn't like it he knows it's OK to put it down. 



Now he's slightly above grade level; some of the books he's liked recently are:



My side of the mountain



Hoot



the Spiderwick Chronicles



the Bionicles series



And I heard that the"Alex Rider" books by Anthony Horowitz are really good for 5th/6th grade boys, but he hasn't picked one of them up yet.



Oh, and comic books and magazines are great for reluctant readers- Boys' Life is a great magazine, but really anything related to something he's interested in (National geographic kids?  Sports illustrated kids?).  My DS like the Shonan Jump mags- they are more like anime comic books, but they are age appropriate.

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i struggled to get my son interested in reading for a while too but the key for him was to find something he really liked. so we ended up starting with 'captain underpants'. he really liked those and now, every few weeks, we'll go to the library and i'll let him pick whatever he likes. he's really into goosebumps right now...

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Oh My gosh, I Love this question!!! Read Together!

Start a good book, something you know he will be interested in.

You read a page, he reads a page, 1 chapter a night. No more than 1 chapter a night, first so they won't feel like your picking on them to make them read but also to keep the suspense up, as us readers know, a good book is hard to put down (if he Really wants to know what happens next he'll read after you've left...) I did this with my daughter when she was in kindergarten and First grade... She is 10 in the 4th grade & she LOVES to read, she reads and comprehends at an 8th grade level.

Beth - posted on 01/21/2009

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I dont think theres anyway to make him/her interested.  I have always encouraged reading, read to my 10 yr old, read in front of him as I love to read, but he really doesnt like to.  This is the first year he isnt fighting me HOWEVER he doesnt ask to read either.  They are encouraged in school to read so many books and they will be able to go to a party every 6-8 wks.  Even knowing this I have to remind him.  Luckily, he is very into Star Wars and they have books he enjoys.  Unfortunately, I think a person either enjoys reading a good book or doesnt.  I havent given up hope and I keep encouraging him so you never know.....



 

Julie - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi there, I started a mother daughter book club. Asked my daughter to choose a few friends, from school, contacted the Mothers and set it up. We read a book every 6 weeks and each girl was given a turn to choose the book that the group would read. The Mom's read the same book as the girls. Then we would meet and talk about what we liked or didn't like about the book and chose the next one to read. There are lots of resources on the web for mother daughter book clubs. Although our book club fell apart, my daughter still has an interest in reading ( as long as we find a good book :)

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