my 6year old doesnt like to read is this normal for boys?

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At 6 years of age, my daughter didn't like to read. She still struggles with the concept of "reading for pleasure", but she is now (@ 9) beginning to see the benefits of reading. All I can say to you is to continue to encourage reading, not just books but comics, magazines, signs, menus.... anything really. Let him see you reading for pleasure, let him now you find it a pleasure and that he too can get pleasure from reading. But also, you may need to realise that he may never enjoy reading and will only read out of necessity, but just keep encouraging him. :-)

User - posted on 01/27/2012

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Yes, perfectly normal. Boys aren't "lazy" as such, they just develop differently from girls. Keep doing what you can, when you can.



Is his dad or other male relative around? Sometimes boys benefit from a male role model showing them reading is good.

Jackie - posted on 01/26/2012

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I'm not sure if he has any learning disablities yet. I do know he needs to have his ears checked for wax. I think that makes everything sound different. For the most part I really don't know where to start. I was hoping this first year in school would give me a direction. Thanks for your encouragement. It is nice to have.

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Jackie - posted on 01/27/2012

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Hi Kayla,

His dad has recently started coming around more. To sign him up for baseball, take him to the grocery store for lunch supplies but not much to do with home work. Time will tell how that goes....But as for a male insperation and mentor, there are some. I do have older boys with a 16 year differance so my son does have interaction with a male. Although they do not hold a strong father stance.



As for finding books I believe that could very well be my problem here. The phonics school book definately holds no interest for any kid. :) I will pull out some other books and try them. I have made an appointment with the doctor next week to help out on questions. glasses do run in my genes and might be an issue..

Thanks!

Kay - posted on 01/27/2012

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Hey, Jackie!



Sometimes you have to work a little harder with boys to get their interest up. My mother is a first grade teacher. In her classroom, she keeps a lot of books that are nonfiction and the boys eat them up. Books about sharks, dinosaurs, bugs, space--anything.



Also, have you had his eyes checked? I had difficulties starting to read--screamed every time Mom tried to read with me--and for a while she was totally perplexed. I mean, she had read me the Hobbit when I was four and I had begged for two or three chapters a night. Then she tried getting me to read the books my kindergarten sent home and I made it seem like they were terrible instruments of torture.



Turned out, I needed glasses. Every time I tried to read I got terrible headaches. Also, the books were boring and I never did like those. I did however take to reading other stuff after I got glasses.

Medic - posted on 01/27/2012

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Sharlene......boys are NOT more LAZY than girls. That is about as sexist as it gets when reffering to children. My 5 year old SON loves to read and can read well above his grade level. He didn't really enjoy it until one day it all came together for him and now he can read almost anything he wants. Just because a child has ADD or ADHD does not mean they cannot learn or do everything a child without can. My son is diagnosed ADD we cannot medicate him due to his heart condition and he still manages to get all of his school work done and more. It seems as though people are so quick to label kids to give them a free pass to not do something.

Jackie - posted on 01/27/2012

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You are a very beautiful person. Do you have help? I had a friend that had an Autistic son and he was a mild case but turned out ok when he got a little older. My neighbor is totally involved with special children too, he brings children home and goes to a camp for a week with them. Your children maybe special but you are even more! When do signs of autism first start to become apparent? I think my son may have ADHD but my mother says I am jumping to conclusions, he is just a boy. That very well may be true. As I said I'm hoping school will give me direction. Have a blessed day, my friend.

Sharlene - posted on 01/26/2012

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Im sorry to ask you that most other get offened my asking that ,If theres concerns about his schooling later then yes look into ,My 8 yr old has autism and and also have a little girl with hydrocephalus and showing strong signs of autism now then yes one more child with special needs hes got haemiplilla B . take care

Sharlene - posted on 01/26/2012

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Can I ask does he have a learning delay . Just keep at him if the drive on the way home helps then stick to that ,take care

Jackie - posted on 01/26/2012

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Hi Sharlene,

I try to read to him when ever possible. The best times are on the way home from school. (I still have his attention) We use to read every night but since he has started school and sports i am lucky to get him in the bath. I think he memorizes what I read more than read it himself. It is so fun to hear him learning but so hard to get him to voluntarily want to read or do school work. I just pray he is catching on to some sort of learning. We thank god for the patient, blessed teacher at his school.

Sharlene - posted on 01/25/2012

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Boys are usually the lazy ones then girls ,My son is very lazy to do anything with school or reading , Do you get him books that interest him ?

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