My 11 year old son!!!

Erica - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




How can I get him to read? My other two love to read. Open for some new suggestions?


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have you tried Graphic novels? NOT comic books! but real books people have made into graphic novels. like moby dick or kidnapped... there are lots of adaptations of classic books. So he's not reading twaddle, but will stay interested in the story cause it moves for him.

Shannon - posted on 05/22/2010




We tend to enjoy things we are good at. It's important to find out if reading is hard for him or if the words "move" when he's trying to read. (indicating a learning disablilty). If it's just not something he is interested in doing, well, then it becomes another issue. He's 11. He has a lot of reading in his future like it or not. He needs to find out where his interests lie and dive in. Try a reward system. For every hour of reading.....he gets to play his DS or whatever. If he likes computers, have him google stuff. I liked the sports section idea from another mom. Brilliant.

Samantha - posted on 05/22/2010




I have never had any luck with that.. My 11 year old will read when he find books that he likes.. He used to love to read but as he has gotten older i cant get him to. MY 9 year old doesnt even like to read. My 4 year old on the other hand will grab a book and try to read it. Even if it is a big girl book..

Jodi - posted on 05/19/2010




I have the same problem with my son - reading bores him and he hates it. I have managed to get him interested by reading some Paul Jennings books and stories. He is a good reader, but he should be practicing so his comprehension skills can develop. Another thing I have done in the past is purchased the newspaper for him each day, and he would sit and read the sport least it was something.

Jennifer - posted on 05/19/2010




My son just turned 12 and has really enjoyed the 39 Clues books, the Warrior series (about cats) and Gary Paulsen's books. Do you know what he doesn't like about reading? Is it boring? Does he have any learning disability or technical difficulty with the task? Is he just the kind of kid who prefers to be physical instead? What are his interests?

Look forward to hearing back!

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