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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#61  Postby Fran » 26 Mar 2012, 15:53

steve p wrote:I don't know if my son (14) has ever finished reading a novel in his life. It upsets me a great deal at what he's missing, but nothing I can do seems to get him interested in reading fiction. maybe it's a generation thing, because kids seem not to do many things that I did when little (playing outside, for instance).

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I've no real scientific proof but it's my opinion that boys generally prefer to read non-fiction rather than fiction ..... even as adults women in general read far more fiction than men. I have brothers who wouldn't read a novel to save their lives but can't get enough of biographies and autobiographies of various sports stars.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#62  Postby lincolnp » 29 Mar 2012, 11:57

I can't find that one thing that seems to "grab" my daughter. She had been looking covetously at my Kindle, so I got her one for Christmas. She blew through 2 books - A Boy Called It and a sequel, but that is as far as it has gone. We go to the library (which she loves) and book stores (which she loves even more - but I find her looking at games and crafts rather than books). We get books from the library, we get books at the store, I've ordered books from the Scholastic Book Club through school - and they just sit there... Help!
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#63  Postby steve p » 30 Mar 2012, 11:25

Fran wrote:
steve p wrote:I don't know if my son (14) has ever finished reading a novel in his life. It upsets me a great deal at what he's missing, but nothing I can do seems to get him interested in reading fiction. maybe it's a generation thing, because kids seem not to do many things that I did when little (playing outside, for instance).

steve


I've no real scientific proof but it's my opinion that boys generally prefer to read non-fiction rather than fiction ..... even as adults women in general read far more fiction than men. I have brothers who wouldn't read a novel to save their lives but can't get enough of biographies and autobiographies of various sports stars.


You're right, Fran, in that he will read non-fiction, and I wonder if I'm wrong in thinking he should touch fiction more (after all, we are all as we are, if you follow my meaning, and I should let him be his own personality).

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-- 30 Mar 2012, 12:26 --

lincolnp wrote:I can't find that one thing that seems to "grab" my daughter. She had been looking covetously at my Kindle, so I got her one for Christmas. She blew through 2 books - A Boy Called It and a sequel, but that is as far as it has gone. We go to the library (which she loves) and book stores (which she loves even more - but I find her looking at games and crafts rather than books). We get books from the library, we get books at the store, I've ordered books from the Scholastic Book Club through school - and they just sit there... Help!


I guess us adults are all in the same boat, then!

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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#64  Postby oinkystudio » 30 Mar 2012, 20:16

It's best that while a child is still at a very early stage, the parents will read the books for them. Spending quality time together will encourage the child to read.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#65  Postby IVY » 30 Mar 2012, 20:54

I want to love reading. and I first should look some interesting books and develop reading skills.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#66  Postby TopazGyrl » 21 May 2012, 18:59

Another way to get children interested in reading is to read to them as they grow. I am 15 years old and my favorite thing to do is read. My mom read to me every day when I was little and now I can happily turn off the television, get a good book, and read for hours at a time.
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Dyslexia and Children Learning to Read

Post Number:#67  Postby Maud Fitch » 22 May 2012, 20:05

This article was in our Sunday newspaper and I thought it worth passing along:

Quote "An Italian study has found that children with Dyslexia showed signs of it before they could read. The study tested kindergarten children on their ability to filter relevant-versus-irrelevant visual information, then followed their progress for three years. Children who initially had trouble with visual attention later struggled with reading. Researchers say this could lead to earlier treatment for at-risk children and smoother transitions into reading."
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#68  Postby Candis » 02 Jul 2012, 20:34

I love this article. For the first decade of my life, I was raised by grandparents who turned on the tv for only an hour a day. And that was strictly for Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. The rest of the time, they were reading. They never pressured me to read, but there was nothing else to do and the house was filled with books. I learned to read from Reader's Digests. Since I learned to read, you never see me without a book in my hand.

Conversely, my younger siblings were raised by my mother, who used the television as a babysitter. My siblings have never picked up a book for pleasure reading, solely reading what they are required to in school. It's sad. They are missing out on so much.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#69  Postby Annife » 03 Jul 2012, 11:51

Interesting post. Amazon kindl help a lot in this issue..
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#70  Postby nana2002 » 11 Aug 2012, 17:23

All of my children love to read I think it is because I started reading to them at a very early age.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#71  Postby tcarter78 » 15 Oct 2012, 16:02

I have a 7yr old and 12yr old who have developed a keen interest in reading. I think the fact that I always have my nose in some kind of book and have them piled throughout the house has helped in some way, as well as the numerous trips to the library...it's a great feeling to attend parent-teacher interviews and be told that both children are well above their expected literacy levels.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#72  Postby Th3LadyH » 15 Oct 2012, 17:51

tcarter78 wrote:I have a 7yr old and 12yr old who have developed a keen interest in reading. I think the fact that I always have my nose in some kind of book and have them piled throughout the house has helped in some way, as well as the numerous trips to the library...it's a great feeling to attend parent-teacher interviews and be told that both children are well above their expected literacy levels.



I think this has a lot to do with whether or not kids want to read. If they see their parents reading and loving reading they are much more likely to read themselves. My parents read to me every night even as I got older and could read for myself. I loved the time spent with them and loved the stories being read to me. We also went to the library every week. I never stopped loving books! Hopefully your kids won't stop enjoying reading either!
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#73  Postby Cj-Ca-Ej » 16 Oct 2012, 01:21

I love the idea of praising a child for reading well. I will certainly make a mental note of that for the next time my niece wants to read me Green Eggs and Ham.
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#74  Postby a_b_syed » 19 Oct 2012, 08:54

This is a great article Scott! I completely agree that limiting TV is the key to getting almost anything else done! Also starting them early I think, is vital. The trouble is, now, there is not just TV but all the social media sites and games and all sorts to keep them distracted. I even find it hard enough to stop them doing things while we eat !

I'm sure just switching off will work to get us oldies reading too :)
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Re: Getting Children Interested In Reading

Post Number:#75  Postby theniceiceman » 23 Oct 2012, 04:53

Great post. I have a 16 year old brother, and I have the hardest time encouraging him to read. He is a terrible speller, and he has a very limited vocabulary. Even simple words like "decapitate", that most people know the meaning of, he doesn't. I tell him often, "Look, reading will be good fro you. It will help your spelling and you'll learn the meaning of words." He just won't have anything to do with it, sigh.
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