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5/4/12 11:15 A

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My 9 year old and I share the Smithsonian Magazine and we go to a used book store and he has a spending limit. $10 or something. Then he picks out books he likes. I give him about an hour because he's so picky. His latest has been the "Bad Kitty" books. He loves reading them and they are too funny!

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5/2/12 9:10 A

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My 10-yr-old loves to read, but he has some struggles with it. Here are a few of the things we do specifically for him:

1) I buy books intended for slightly younger readers (Gr. 3 or 4, instead of Gr. 5). This lets him get through books successfully and builds his confidence that he can do it if he works at it.

2) I read aloud to him, especially if he's reading a more challenging book. He will read by himself for a while, and then I will read a chapter or two out loud. He sits with me and follows the story on the page as I read it.

3) We share the newspaper in the morning. I read news and business, and give the sports section to him. I then ask him to summarize the big stories of the day for me.

4) I let him read lots of comic books. The illustrations provide reinforcement for the meaning of the story, and he enjoys them.

Other than that, Husband and I both love to read, so when the smallest children are napping we encourage our 10-yr-old to sit with us in the living room and read quietly together.

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4/30/12 6:43 P

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my Maddy who is 18 months just doesnt like to eat what I make for the family. I have not figured out what she likes to eat, her favorite food and such. I thought I knew , just as i think she will enjoy her meal she throws it away and then she resorts to her bottle. i have now threw away all the bottle and just have sippy cups.
My 9 yrs hate homework and says its so easy and we do it together and he does finish it within 15 minutes. yay for me but is that even possible. after i checked his hw, its all correct. But hates to read. I have read some good points to try out that pertain to reading. my 15 yr old loves to read she was born to read. i hope my 9 yr will be like that in a couple of years. hmm

wow! all this is so amazing. Amazing site. so much motivation that I fee like I have so many coaches and trainers rooting for all of us. Awesome.


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7/19/10 10:41 P

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As homeschoolers, we require at least 20 mins., if not more, of silent, sustained reading time each day. I have these nifty little timer bookmarks and they punch in their time and get going. My 8yo does have some issues and does not enjoy reading yet, although he can read. My 7yo is reading everything that he can get his hands on. But this time is non-negotiable and when I call for it, they just grab their books and timers and find a couch. We have done all the summer library reading programs plus Barnes & Noble and Borders and I have a treasure box filled with Matchbox cars and dollar store treasures that they can pick from when I think they have earned a special treat. No Wii or computer time until they have finished their reading time. And we also spend about an hour per day listening to audiobooks like Adventures in Odyssey and the Chronicles of Narnia, to name two. There are a lot of free audiobooks on our library's web site. Peace & Grace, Kim

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7/19/10 3:27 P

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I read an article about kids reading to their dogs making them more confident. I have convinced my son that this is his job to make sure he reads to his dog. I know it sounds crazy but all 3 dogs pile on the bed & just love their time with him & he gets a kick out of it.

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7/19/10 8:15 A

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While I was cooking last night, I had my 7 year old get a book and she read it out loud to me while I was cooking. Then we talked about the book. She was glad we did it, and she asked if we could do this every night.

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7/18/10 1:46 P

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Somehow make reading fun for YOU! If your child senses YOU are struggling to get HIM/HER to read, YOU are in trouble! I speak from experience as I have struggled with this! Some things to try. Read with your child; meaning; you read your book, and your child reads his/her book. Or, read the same book with your child, you read 1 page or chapter, the child reads 1 page or chapter. Go to the library once a week. Try different libraries for book selection, most have inter-library check-out privileges with your library. Talk about the book during/after reading. Have a SCHEDULED time for reading that is relaxing and pleasurable. GOOD LUCK!

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7/16/10 8:56 A

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I challenged my 7 year old to read to her 2 year old sister to help her with language development. If she works with her, she gets an incentive, like money. She feels special when she earns the money. She even started to go the extra mile and clean her own bathroom, and did the dusting and cleaned up her room. She is learning responsibility but also feels good about herself for a job well done. She loves to read and mostly I think it is because i love to read and am always reading something

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7/15/10 2:33 A

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My kids love reading with me. How about you take turns? You read one book or chapter to them, they read one to you?

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7/14/10 8:50 P

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Thanks for the ideas! emoticon



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7/14/10 4:13 P

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Mine both are part of the library reading club and they love earning prizes!!!

I also let them choose their own books at the library each week.

They also see me reading a lot and since they both want to be like me...

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7/14/10 12:25 P

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if they are anything like mine you can always make a thing like for every hour of reading you do you get 30 min, of game time.


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7/14/10 11:05 A

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Have them join the summer reading program at the library. We live near to different counties and they join both. Each has different prizes for hours of reading time. They have won free meals at local restaurants, admission to amusement parks, and books. They look forward to the summer program. Some prizes change every year and there are different prizes for different age groups.

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7/14/10 8:01 A

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That's a tough one! I have to make mine! I sometimes have my 9 year old read to the 5 year old so they are both getting reading in! On the other hand my 14 year old reads all the time cuz she just love to read! My 4 year old also loves to be read too! Good luck! emoticon

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7/14/10 6:42 A

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Does any one have any ideas about how to get their kids to read more during the summer?



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