Do your kids love to read?

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Do your kids love to read?
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Fri, 01-13-2012 - 2:50pm

So far I have one who loves to read and one who doesn't. Macy, who is in 2nd grade, has just started reading for pleasure. She's not into chapter books quite yet (she's English as a Second Language) but DH brought home a SpongeBob book that is sort of half chapter book, half comic book and I've "caught" her reading it a few tims this week at her leisure. I can't wait until she makes that leap to independent reader. I know that she is going to have her nose stuck in a book all the time, just like I did as a kid.

My 6 yo boy is not fluent enough to read for pleasure by himself but he does like it when we do story time at night before bed. We're reading one of the Flat Stanley books right now.

At any rate, I thought this article was helpful in raising kids who love to read:

How to Raise a Reader: 10 Smart Tips to Help Your Child Love Books

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Mon, 01-16-2012 - 12:12am
I have 2 fluent readers now. Oldest in 3rd grade would go to the bathroom with a book to get out of doing her lessons. I still have to watch her when she takes work into her room - she will finish quickly and start reading a Star Wars novel. She is in 6th grade now.

Oldest son had vision issues - mostly cleared up through vision therapy. He really caught on to reading on his own this last year by reading Calvin and Hobbes comics. He is 4th grade. Still prefers the Anime books, but is reading above grade level when it comes to testing.

Youngest, 7, loves to listen. He just got tested for vision therapy. I talk to the eye doctor on Tuesday about his evaluation. She was thinking that he has visual processing issues. Our consultant teacher gave me a book on overcoming dyslexia, and I see a lot of signs of it in him. (I wish I had that book with my other son - I see now his reversals and word skipping were not dyslexia, even though most of the web sites I found said they were.) So, we may need to alter our reading program for my youngest to ensure that he is successful too.

From reading the book, I see a lot of myself in there as a child - I was fortunate to have had teachers recommend me for a good phonics program in school. I still can't spell, or recognize faces, but I sure can read a lot now. I credit the phonics - and I was lucky that the school was willing to do it. "Normal" kids were using whole word approach, which studies show doesn't work so well.

If you haven't introduced Macy to Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes, you may want to. They are not heavy reading, but boy can a child learn a lot of words from 30 years of Garfield! Garfield has a website that my kids love too.
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:51pm
I 2nd Calvin and Hobbes and Garfield. D is in 2nd and J is in 6th - both read them & love them.
J likes the Farside, too. D isn't there yet.
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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:58pm
treddlesewingmachine wrote:

If you haven't introduced Macy to Garfield or Calvin and Hobbes, you may want to. They are not heavy reading, but boy can a child learn a lot of words from 30 years of Garfield! Garfield has a website that my kids love too.


I will do that! DH has both Garfield and Calvin & Hobbes at school that he bought for some of his students who are reluctant readers. Thanks!

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Tue, 01-17-2012 - 12:59pm
I don't think Macy would really get Farside yet, but eventually. She also found a Little Orphan Annie type comic at the library which she is enjoying.
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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 8:44am

My first grader is a little bookworm.

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Wed, 01-18-2012 - 2:54pm
Thanks for the recommendation Gwen! I just requested a couple of the Silly Lilly books from the library. I bet Macy will like them!

She came out of her room this morning with a book and told me "Mom, this is a GREAT book!" She'd evidently found it on her bookshelf and started reading it last night.

I'm so excited to see her making this transition to independent reader!!!
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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 2:48pm
Lucy turned six a couple of mos ago. She doesn't love reading independently yet, but LOVES street signs and can read most of them, lol. She also loves for me to read to her - I am just finishing reading the 1st Harry Potter book to her.

Kellie, have you come across any articles regarding reading for kids whose 2nd language is English? Lucy's main language is Portuguese and I only really introduced English to her when she was 3. I wonder if part of reluctance to read real books is a condifence issue b/c of the language. She speraks English fluently now but is still more comfortable in Portuguese. So I wonder if she would be reading further ahead were in not for the language issue.

 Julie, Mommy to Luciana (4) & Carolina (14 mos)

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Thu, 01-19-2012 - 2:59pm
That could very well be, Julie! I will have to ask the ESL coach at our school if she knows.

Earlier this week I was talking to another adoptive mom, whose son was born in a Spanish-speaking country and came to the US at about age 2. She said (much like Macy) that C. is fluent in English now but his reading is just not up to age/grade level. I think it's so hard to tell at this age because all kids are so different. I know on the Homeschooling board there are a few members who have said that their kids didn't even learn to read until age 10 or later because the interest wasn't there. So, it's always hard for me to speculate. I really do see that Macy is interested in reading though, so I think her issue is more language-related than an interest issue. Probably the same for Lucy.

DH teaches in a school where most of the kids have Spanish as their first language. He said that kids who don't speak English first usually do not fully catch up to peers until 5th grade, regardless of when they learn English. I'm not sure if that's a general observation, or based on research. I'm curious now though. I'll have to ask around!
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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 6:41pm
I'm curious too now! I'll have to do some research on it. Lucy did read Green Eggs & Ham with no help from me last week...but I'm not sure what reading level that is.

 Julie, Mommy to Luciana (4) & Carolina (14 mos)