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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