I am an avid reader. As a mother, homeschool educator, and author my life is extremely busy, but I always make time to read.
When I became a homeschool educator one of the first things I did was teach my children how to read. Initially, I used a book called Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and then I transitioned to a computerized program called Funnix which was produced by the same people. (You can learn more at www.funnix.com).
With an awesome reading program I was able to reach my goal of having my kindergartners reading at a third grade level. My goal was to have voracious readers and that is what happened!
Today, it brings me so much pleasure whenever I see my kids engorged in a book. I often find them laughing aloud or telling each other a play by play of a specific scene from a book. In fact, the library is one of their favorite places to go. We usually visit at least once a week and I let them check out as many books as they want. It is not uncommon for us to have over 50 books checked out at time. Never mind the library fees--They read constantly!
However, it wasn't all smooth sailing. At one point I was worried about my son Shaun because for awhile he only wanted to read comic books. In theory, I knew that was okay and that in time he would read chapter books, but I confess I was worried. Is there something wrong with his eyes? Does he lack comprehension? My mind was often flooded with questions and concern about his reading skills.
I often prayed that God would give me wisdom because I didn't’ know what to do. Then one year our home was introduced to the Percy Jackson series. Let me just say those are some big chapter books! After his siblings convinced him to read it--let’s just say the rest was history!
So if you have a child who doesn’t want to read chapter books or isn’t interested in the books you’re selecting I would recommend the following:
“Good readers are good readers only because they read all the time. The fact that much, or even all, of their reading is of rather questionable literary value doesn’t seem to matter, at least until they reach high school age. By high school age, if they have been avidly reading since elementary school, they often move on to more complex, satisfying literature…….But it’s the early reading that they’ve done that allows them to enjoy more difficult books.” Parents Who Love Reading, Kids Who Don’t