I’m not sure how some kids like to read and others do not. I’ve just now started to like reading, but only on my electronic device. And mostly because no one is making me do it. I don’t have to take a test later and if I miss something, I can go back and reread without someone hounding me about why I didn’t understand it the first time. I honestly hate to read real books, except for a few crazy vampire books. I’m weird like that! Junior loves to read but I’m not sure where she gets it because Earl and I do not like to sit and read. My mom told me that she used to love to read. After she returned to college, her love of reading was suppressed and had no time for leisure reading. She told me the other day that she is just now getting to where she was slightly interested in reading a book again. It’s taken her years because she read so much in college. Do you enjoy reading? Do your kids like to read?
Everyone is different! Questions to ask your kids if they’re struggling with reading are… Do they like to read and why? If not why? Honest answers. Did someone make fun of them while they read because they were having a hard time with a word or sentence like friends at school, teachers, or maybe you have laughed at their pronunciation and didn’t realize it? Do they like to read easy books? Hard books? Do they comprehend what they’re reading? Do they sit still for any length of time? Maybe they could get an activity book that shows them how to do stuff but they have to read the instructions to do it. Do they struggle with pronunciation so therefore it’s a struggle with the desire to read? Read to them at night or at breakfast. Short easy books. Ask them questions about the book and let them tell you whatever they got out of it. Even if its far fetched. Ask them why that’s their answer. Try not to laugh because some of them are really funny! I used to have a problem with sitting still to read. I still only read a few sentences and/or page then go do something. I come back and read a little more and repeat the process. Visit with their teachers to see what they might suggest. These are my thoughts. Yes they learn from our example but sometimes there are other issues involved that need to be addressed. And some will never like to read.
Here are a few websites that may be beneficial to you and your understanding of why reading is so important in a child’s life.