How can I help my 6 yr. old boy get better at reading?

User - posted on 06/05/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is in 1st grade and soon to go to 2nd grade. He doesn't seem very interested in reading. I know he can read some but doesn't show it in school. How can I help my son get better or interested in reading?

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Klara - posted on 06/14/2011

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You may have already tried books geared more toward boys, trucks, dinosaurs, or anything you know he especially likes. Just get fun stuff until he shows an interest. Our library has an awesome summer reading program and they give prizes for filling a page with 8-10 books a child has read. Have you tried giving incentives? I read to my daughter when I am not at work in the evening before bed, use lots of praise, and lots of praise when she does well in school. Maybe make the reading a stepping stone to other things he likes to do? go to the park, a movie, out to eat, to the library, etc.. I wish you the best. We went through this with my oldest, and she finally found a couple of series books she really liked, and that sparked her interest more than anything I could do. Its hard, because it is such an important thing, they will use it the rest of their lives. Try to be patient and supportive. Best wishes!

Alison - posted on 06/13/2011

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read Better than Life. It's a really good book about getting kids to love reading. Making it a chore or a punishment with video games or something as a reward doesn't make them love it anymore than kids love chores or discipline; it can get them to do it. The books talks about reading out loud to your kids and gives a "Reader's Bill of Rights"--love it.

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Juanita - posted on 08/19/2012

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We were having the same problems with our 8 & 6 yr olds. Our 8 yr old would end up crying out of frustration. She would say, "I know it." but I doubted she did. She hated to read! We found a program that explained these are called 'stress spirials'. They also explain the 7 main reasons some children have difficulty learning to read.
The program is "Easyread by Oxford Learning Systems".This is an online program that uses imaginative synthetic phonics to help struggling children learn how to read. It is specially optimized for dyslexic children and highly visual learners.

This program has helped our two children by using lessons that are less than 15 minutes per day 4 to 5 days per week. We have been using it since Mid March and now there is no more crying! Instead, our children are now making an effort to read on their own. I wholeheartedly recommend this program!

For more information you can email me at jjmueller1@verizon.net or visit their website. (If you decide to use the program you can get 10% off if you have a referral--Just use JuanitaMueller as a referral)

Deirdra - posted on 06/14/2011

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Idk but when u figure it out please let me know! Im holding my son back to repeat 1st grade again. I have ALWAYS loved to read, my husband doesnt. I drives me nuts that my son doesnt either!

Jane - posted on 06/14/2011

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Read to him, read with him, play books on tape in the car, and read in front of him. Also, take him to the library and see what books interest him and then makes sure he gets more.



My son still has problems reading, but he will read what he is interested in. Fiction is not his thing and never has been really, although he liked some Star Wars novels and truly loved a book called "The Midnight Tow Truck."



He does listen to fiction as audiobooks if he likes the book - that is how we read Harry Potter. His favorite, though, was a true story, "Shadow Divers," about some wreck divers that found a Nazi submarine and what they had to go through to identify it. Another favorite was also a true story about a terrible forest fire that affected the way we fight forest fires to this day, "Young Men and Fire."



The books he wants to read are about firemen, construction equipment,bull dogs, SCUBA diving, and motorcycles. His bedtime reading in first grade led me to become the only mom at his school to actually know what a "Hemi" is.



The problem was that at school they wanted him to read fiction, and he didn't want to read fiction. The ensuing battle meant he went from reading at grade level at the beginning of the year, after a summer at home reading what he liked with me, to a good half a grade below grade level by March. And the school tried to say it was my fault!



See what he likes and find books that cater to that. He will read those.



BTW, audiobooks work the same areas of the brain as actual reading, so listening to them is a painless way to improve your reading ability.

Sande' - posted on 06/14/2011

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My son is 5 almost 6 he loves the Junie B. Jones, Magic Tree house and The Secrets of Droon books they are all chapter books I pick one bookto read and my husband reads another to him. We read about 3 chapter at a time daddy reads to him during the day and I read at bed time. we each get our time with him and he loves it and can't wait to have reading time. he reads easyer books to us.

Alison - posted on 06/13/2011

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Oh, and the Web site starfall.com is an interactive reading Web site with different levels for phonics and sight words and books or plays etc. to read.

Tracy - posted on 06/13/2011

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My son is the same age. I found easy readers that are star wars. He is so into them he always wants to read them! Also it is part of our bedtime routine. Every other night he reads to me or I read to him. we take turns so that it is "fair" and everyone gets what they want.

Dina - posted on 06/08/2011

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Let HIM pick the books...at least then he will pick something he is interested in and wont feel so forced.

Debbie - posted on 06/07/2011

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well they say that you must not presure them when you do read firtsly you as parent must read a few times and after that let him read it is not easy for them even get some reading book with alot of pictures in and read as much as you can to him. Hope it works because it really did work with my little girl that is in grade 1 also. Good luck

Laura - posted on 06/06/2011

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read with him. designate an hour a day where you both read together. take turns reading to eachother. he may feel unsure of himself and by hearing his own voice out loud when he reads will give him the security and strength he needs to read. it worked with my kiddo and he too is 6 going to 2nd grade next year. good luck :)

Adrienne - posted on 06/06/2011

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I agree with the other moms. Find a subject he's interested in - Even if it's comic books! It may sound silly or not educational, but a lot of the comic books have detailed, ongoing story lines. And because it's one of his favorite superheros it's more fun than work. :) Just make sure to read through it real quick before buying - some of them are more adult centered than others, as I discovered after my oldest stepson (22) brought home a new Iron Man comic for his little brother (almost 4) without looking through it first. It ended up being a bit too graphic in some of the language and violence, so it's been put up. But, if you go to a bookstore that sells used comics, or a comic shop they usually have a stock of older comics for about $1 each. The older comics tend to be less graphic than the newer and more appropriate for younger audiences.

Melodie - posted on 06/06/2011

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One more thing if you read find out if your favorite author writes childrens books. My husband and I love James Patterson and he has written 3 childrens books. My kids love it because they are reading books by the author mom and dad like so much.

Melodie - posted on 06/06/2011

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I have a son with Dyslexia so I understand not wanting to read. But he is now 12 and loves to read. What we did is find out what he liked and checked out books about that. I would read a page and he would read a page. We did this every day. If he really liked the book we would go and buy it. My husband would get him on the computer and they would research what he was interested in. Right now he is really into WWII so they read about it online and then we go to the library and get a book about it. The other thing I did was ask him what he wanted me to read to him. For example he is 12 but we are now working on the Harry Potter books. I'm reading them to him. It is great time together and when we finish the book we watch the movie and have pizza. Oddly enough the next books he wants me to read is the Twilight series. As a family we all have fun with this. My youngest is 10 he has always loved to read he even writes his own books. But all kids aren't the same. Some kids just don't like to read. My husband and I love to read and we tell the kids of worlds that can only happen when you read and use your imagination. Be patient it will come.

RENEE - posted on 06/05/2011

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My son has to read a book to me or to his big brother before being able to play video games or before going to the play ground

Gwen - posted on 06/05/2011

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Find out what he's interested in, and get him books about the subject. You might want to look for books that are a bit below his reading level. That way he won't have to work so hard at it, but he'll be getting the practice to move up a level. We liked Junie B. Jones too, but the sentence structure and vocabulary can be a bit much for a reluctant reader. Ask your librarian for books on the subject he'll enjoy and at a level that will be fairly easy. He'll be reading great by summer's end!

Valerie - posted on 06/05/2011

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read to him, go to library and let him pick out lots of books, have a time where you both read together whether out loud to one another or in silence, stop by his school and ask a summer school teacher to review is records and offer suggestions..have him help you cook and read the labels, mac and cheese, sop, pizza, things he enjoys...get books about things he is interested in, cars sponge bob, doesnt matter just things he is interested in...

Christy - posted on 06/05/2011

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Also, if you have a computer your son would be allowed to use, find a couple of age appropriate educational games. It's so amazing how computer privileges motivates kids to read! We started out with Reader Rabbit games. I have no idea what is available now, but I also know there are websites that offer games right on their website for free. Shake the Google tree!

Christy - posted on 06/05/2011

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Designate a day every week as library day through the summer. Find some beginner reading books for your son's reading level to check out. Then also check out some fun books. One of my favorites is "Junie B. Jones." She's in Kindergarten and first grade, depending on which books you've got and she's funny.

So then during the week, have a designated reading time every day. Sit with your son and help him read through the simple books, then either during that same time period or at bedtime, read a couple chapters out of whatever other books you've checked out of the library. (They don't need to be chapter books, but the Junie B. Jones books have very short chapters!)

My daughter struggled with being interested in reading at that age, too. As we read the Junie B. Jones books, I would read a couple chapters to her and then tell her we were done for the day. She would be sad and want more so I'd tell her she needed to be the one to read more if she wanted to know what happens. So she'd read a page and then be tired. Then we'd take turns reading a paragraph or a page and we'd typically just finish one more chapter. It was a lot of fun!

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