So kiddo is in 3rd grade and it has been a battle up until this year to get him to read on a regular basis. I thought we had solved the problem earlier this school year when he discovered the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. He devoured them and even wrote a review for my friend Amy’s blog What Will She Read Next? A Kid’s Take was his post. Then he began the Warriors series he made it through book 1 and halfway through book 2 and then we were back to where we started with reading just not happening.
I’ve suggested books until I’m blue in the face (ok not totally but it feels like it). He turns me down every time. Mom clearly knows absolutely nothing about books never mind the fact that I’m a teacher, have taught for years, taught communication arts, read like crazy myself, and know my child. UGH!!!!!!!!!
Inspired by Donalyn Miller and her book The Book Whisperer, I promise I will be posting more in-depth about this book later, I decided to simply expose him to the books and give him no opinions as he clearly doesn’t want mine. I checked about about 13 books for him from the library and sat them in front of him. I asked him to just go through them and look at them, try to pick one to read. He ended up reading two: the first Knights of the Lunch Table, and the first Bone book. We have the rest of KotLT on hold, and two more Bone books on hold. He’s now reading the first Timmy Failure. I’m really hoping we’ve turned a corner.
I’ve never had as much trouble getting any of my students to read as I have had getting my own kiddo to read. It’s been so frustrating and I try not to nag, I try to just be an example but it’s hard. Fingers crossed for me we’ve finally clicked.