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Mary - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions how to get a ten yr old male child interested/excited about reading. i let him choose books that he may find enjoyable but once they r home from the library they just lie on the desk until i suggest/demand that he sit down and begin reading if it's only for 30 minutes. during this time i hear sighs, movements, more sighing.

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Mary - posted on 06/28/2011

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thanks for the input, i guess i was thinking because he is 10 he shld be able to "just do it" i will try the reading time with him and see how it works. wish me luck.

Delia - posted on 06/23/2011

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You sit and read to him. I remember having stories (chapter books) read to us in 5th grade by our teacher The story took place in China, and I STILL remember learning what "dung" means and being shocked and impressed to hear they used it to build houses out on the farms.



Has he been tested for dyslexia? I have a friend who made it through college getting a Bachelors degree in economics who was not diagnosed until college. Reading for him had been a torture for so many years before he got diagnosed.

Coleen - posted on 06/23/2011

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My son is 9 and he never sits and reads by himself. I hope he does eventually! Most nights he reads a book and then I read one to him. He likes Big Nate, the Lunch Lady series, Wimpy Kid, etc. Really likes snakes so we've read all kinds of books on snakes. With his busy school/activity schedule our nightly reading is often the only one on one time we have with him during the week!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/23/2011

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Sometimes we have a week of scheduled reading time. Everyone in the house reads in the living room. We make popcorn or have pretzels etc. then take a few minutes to get comfy with extra pillows or blankets etc and talk about what books we have before everyone starts reading on their own. Most times it lasts longer than a half an hour.

Shahnaz - posted on 06/22/2011

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Hi, in the beginning i bought books about characters she was interested in. I also found that kids tend to like books that have "naughty" characters. For eg: Horrid Henry books were and still is a hit. Naughty Emelia jane was also appealing to my daughter.

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