10 year old doesnt like to read HELP

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Registered: 09-05-2004
10 year old doesnt like to read HELP
Thu, 09-16-2004 - 6:10pm
hi everyone i really need some help my 10 year old daughter does not like to read. when i tell her it is time to do her reading log (reading homework for school) she just sits and stares at the book and then tells me she is reading it, but if i ask her to tell me what is about she says she dont know. sometimes i sit with her and make her read outloud to me but i have another one that i have to force to do homework with. my 10 year old says reading is boring and stupid the only thing she likes to read is cat in the hat but that is so below where she should be. she has read it so many times that she knows it by heart. i have had her tested to make sure she can read and had her eyes checked but that is not the problem. i really need advice.


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Registered: 07-15-2004
Fri, 09-17-2004 - 9:42am
Hi Tammy:

My daughter is almost 11, and though she is a good reader and likes to read, she has always had to be reminded to sit down and do it.

I am an avid reader and never understood this.

Reading is a VERY personal thing and the book has to be very suited to the reader. Lately i have taken a good long look at my daughter and her interests. I have started to bring home books tailored to her...and guess what? I can't get her to stop reading!

Does your daughter like boys? There are plenty of books about boy/girl stuff.



Children who are bullied?

There are books on every topic.

If you want to tell me a little more about your daughter I could probably help you choose something she might like.

Maybe she is just picking books randomly without enough thought.


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Registered: 08-20-2003
Fri, 09-17-2004 - 9:53am

My DD is also required to have 30 minutes of reading each night.

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Registered: 06-08-2004
Fri, 09-17-2004 - 3:23pm

I really can't add anything to Monica's suggestions - I'd definitely agree with trying to find books suited to your dd's interests.

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Registered: 03-25-2003
Mon, 09-20-2004 - 2:16am
This is a tough one. I have stuggled to get my daughter to enjoy reading but my DD does have reading problems. In her case what finally helped was having her read easier books for a while. Although your daughter can read it's still possible she has been choosing books too difficult for her.

Does she see you or other adults in her life read for fun? Is the T.V. and other distractions OFF while she is reading.

How old is your other child? If he/she is younger then what about your daughter reading to him/her for her reading. Would that count?

My other suggestion sound backwards.. but I would find time to READ to her. (Obviously at this age.. it doesn't count as her reading.) Since you have another child, could you read together chapter books as a family. My DH still reads to my DD every night. We have always read books that are are bit above her reading ability. It good quiet time with her and it help her learn to LOVE books. This is always that last thing at night before bed. I know it's hard to find time but IMO this is the best strategy to get her to love books.

Sara & Tim
Diana (Sara 9 yrs, Timothy 5 yrs)

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