How can I get my 8-year-old to want to sit down and read?

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DEANNA - posted on 07/30/2009

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HI, I THINK IF YOU WANT A CHILD TO DESIRE TO READ, SCHEDULING A SET READING TIME WILL EVENTUALLY PATTERN THEM TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE EVENT. AND ALSO GETTING INVOLVED WHEN POSSIBLE. :o) I CHALLENGE MY 2 YOUNGER BOYS TO DRAW A PICTURE THAT GIVES ME THE TOPIC OF WHAT THEY READ AND THAT REALLY GETS THEM GOING.

January - posted on 12/31/2013

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Find books that he likes. I like to get books on CD and let the who family listen to them, my 9 year old doesn't like to read so I like to play a few chapters and when he really gets into the story park the car and stop playing the CD in the future he is then motivated to read the book without the audio to find out what happens, I even got him to read the Little House series by doing this lol

Penny - posted on 07/28/2009

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At our school, the First grade had a program that for every day that they read to someone the would get a ticket and once a month one of the mom's at the school set up a "store" and they could use their tickets to get the little things little kids think are the coolest. My son made sure to try to read everyday.

Kelly - posted on 07/26/2009

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Take him or her to the book store with you. My son asked why I read so much. I told him that it is another world that you can goto any time you wanted to. That you can be that person and do the things that they do.

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Angela - posted on 07/29/2009

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Choose a book of his interests and read to him...he can follow along. Reading aloud to a child builds vocabulary, keeps his interest, and makes learning fun b/c he's spending special time with you. It's worked for all three of my kids...my youngest is about to turn four and he already recognizes a few letters and the fact that letters mean "something to read." The child will take over when he's ready.

Trisha - posted on 07/29/2009

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Have you tried audio books? It doesn't help reading skills, but it does still stimulate the imagination and vocabulary. My son is 11 and the teacher suggested that to me last year because I could not get him interested in reading either. He also was able to take his AR tests with audio books.

Danielle - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son got engaged in reading at that age by playing Pokemon the card game, from there he went to Magic the Gathering. He loved playing the game but had to read the cards and understand them to get better. The next step for him was graphic novels, such as Dragon Ball Z. Now at 14 he reads 500+ page books without blinking an eye.

Swinder - posted on 07/28/2009

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Let them pick the book and go slow. Read the first chapter together. After that ask them to read each chapter and give you a gist. You gotta become involved so they continue to read. If not they just lose interest. If you have time (weekends or evening) sit together for 15 min and read your own books. Make it a special reading time with mommy on comfy chairs.

Brandy - posted on 07/27/2009

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First you have to find books that your 8 year old enjoys. Try www.bookadventure.com where he/she can answer and few questions and then see some suggestions, if you'd like. Remember, even magazines and comic books count as reading! There are also rewards on that website if you are interested. Also, try having your child read a page and then you read a page. That's what I do with my daughter sometimes. Figuring out why he/she doesn't want to read is key. It it because he doesn't like to sit still, is reading difficult, or just not enjoyable? I was a kid who didn't like to read unless I had the perfect book, but my daughter doesn't like it because it is difficult for her.

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Set a family reading time. It could be as long as you want it to be. Everyone in the family will be reading books together during that time. Be sure there are books that your child will enjoy. Possibly take him/her to the library and let him/her pick out a few books on their own. We started this with my daughter when she was about 3 and 10 years later, she loves books and excells in school in reading, writing and spelling.

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My daughter is a big reader, but she still loves to have us read with her. She reads a page and then we do and so forth. That's what we've done with her since about kindergarten. Before that, we just read to her. She loves that time. We also will sit and read our book quietly and she'll read hers. Just for a little bit, so that she feels she is doing something that mommy and daddy love to do with them. :) She is into a series of books now, and she'll read a few pages and I'll ask her to tell me about her story. She LOVES that! :) Hope that helps some!

MELVIA - posted on 07/26/2009

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Well my kids schools have a summer reading program where they have to read books over the summer and do a project for each book. They get prizes and extra credit for completing the assignments. If your district does not participate in this program maybe you can do it and have an incentive for completing the book and doing a project related to the book.

Linda - posted on 07/26/2009

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I do this with my 8 year old daughter. They have books called you read I read.On the page that you read the print is smaller,there are alot more words and the words are harder. The part that they read is on there level. They have all kinds of different topics.This also gets some good quality time with them.

Mary - posted on 07/26/2009

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I take my kids...well one loves to read but other needs a bribe ( he is unaware of this yummy trick of couse)..I take them to Half-priced Books and tell them they can pick out whatever the want..if something is priced too high, I look for it at the library or let fam and friends know that he would like it as a birthday gift.



Another good one is to have a reading group just for kids like a book club sort of except more kid friendly with fun refreshments and such...can reccomend a book of the month for these moms and kids...just suggest to your friends, they will love the idea go from there..just a matter of scheduling.



Also try this...tell your kids that you are working on a project and need their help..on a subject that they happen to be intersted in..they will jump at the chance for the quality time with you plus the craft incentive is a bonus...and because they think it is for you and not them...they are intrigued..and may want to read up on said subject.

Kelly - posted on 07/26/2009

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My 9 yr old finally got in the swing of reading this past year. First I paid him $1 for every book he read, then he got hooked on the American Chillers books. Also reward him for reading so many books. Now he wants to read and asks me to take him to the library and book store.

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Make reading a part of their daily routine... say 20min before bed, ask them to read a book they like (ask teachers what they seem to be into in their year) and most improtantly - turn Off the TV!

Favi - posted on 07/25/2009

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I got some very good ideas from the responses. During the school year, my son's school would give them little rewards after so many reading points were achieved. I in turn would give him little rewards as well. Appropriate to his age and his likes and hobbies. During the summer, our public library has a Summer Reading Program that also gives rewards. They also have different activities for the children to participate in. I've had my son in there almost every year since he was born. He does enjoy reading, but he enjoys his electronic games more. So I would just have him read before he could play. He could only play his electronic games for the same amount of time he read. He met his goal this year one week early!

Robin - posted on 07/25/2009

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I had the same problem with my now 14 year old son.... We used to try to get books that he would be interested in... such as books abour basketball or football. I would have him read a chapter and then he would tell me what it was about. Last year was the first time he actually read a novel he got from his Junior High School.. I was shocked, he is asking for the sequel that comes out in September.. so there is hope

Jennifer - posted on 07/25/2009

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Get books that he'll enjoy...such as Captain Underpants or take him to the book store and let him pick out a book that he's interested in...tell him he has to read at least a chapter a day and tell you about it. If he does tell him that you'll reward him by taking him back to the book store and letting him pick out another book. Good luck!!

Susan - posted on 07/24/2009

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Well I started off reading with my 8 year old as a toddler. But believe it or not when he gets in trouble and needs to have some time to chill out a little I would make him read a book. He now loves to read just about everything he can get his hands on and is above average in his reading subjects. So long story short what started off as a punishment is what got him into reading.

Rayanne - posted on 07/24/2009

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Wish I could offer some suggestions, I still read to my 4 year old each day but the 10 and 11 year olds, its like pulling teeth just getting their AR goals met each quarter

C. Jeannette - posted on 07/24/2009

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Take him to a book store or library and make it a fun day. Let him pick out a book of interest to him.

Nicole - posted on 07/24/2009

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I have 2 sons that are school age, and the thing that i found is that magazines and newspapers help. My oldest like hunting and fishing and they have the outdoors section and he acctually looks for that in the paper. Good luck

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My 6 year old son doesn't like to read either (not that he does it very well yet, but he still won't) so my neighbor's daughter comes over and he reads to her a few days a week and she helps him with reading tips and he willingly goes along with it, every little bit helps.

Tarah - posted on 07/24/2009

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I attended a short seminar that really got me thinking - Sometimes we need to outsmart our kids. I tried 2 things that seemed to work immediately...#1 give them an option, go to bed, or go to bed and read - what kid doesn't want to stay up a little longer? #2 start off by reading and having them fill in words, then leave off on a suspenceful ending - saving the rest of the story for the next night. It actually helped with my kids, maybe it'll help yours? Good Luck

Angie - posted on 07/24/2009

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I had a hard time getting my youngest to read his 30 min home work assignment. I found the trick that worked with him. I took him to the book store and let him choose his reading material. Now he bugs me to go back to the book store on a weekly basis because he needs new books.



I think he started out with a couple books that went by the name of Stink? He even had the neighborhood kids reading these books with him this summer! If all else fails you can grab a mad libs and do some of those with your 8 year old. That's at least a start.

Mandi - posted on 07/24/2009

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During holidays we have a "reading challenge" like the school system one where I sign off each day she reads to me - think may be a bit different when she is reading alone rather than to me! We have picked a prize and an agreed number of days - usually 4 or 5 out of the week.

Amanda - posted on 07/23/2009

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Offer a reward (that he helps you pick) once he reads a pre-set amount of minutes. Set time each day where the t.v. is off and all of the family reads--you too!!! You can get bookmarks that have a digital timer on them and they record the amount of time your little guy reads--it records times etc.---lots of fun. Can be found at bookstores or teacher stores. And of course---find books that he likes.

Kristie - posted on 07/23/2009

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During the school year is great because my son has to read to get points but summer is horrible...his thing and I quote him "I am on summer vacation why should I read!" So I am at a loss as well.

Mandi - posted on 07/23/2009

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You have to find the right book - I run a bookshop and it is one of the most satisfying things to help a kid find a book that excites them. I would be happy to recommend something if you wanted to tell me a bit about your 8 year old and their interests or head into your local indie bookstore and chat to someone who loves books and who will recommend a good one - maybe even take your child along to pick their own one!

Dawn - posted on 07/23/2009

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Get books that go with the season(camping, back to school...) Then I sit down and read the first chapters with them. They can finish on their own once they get into it. Finding a series of books they love will really help too.

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