My blog feed is filled to bursting with posts and entire blogs about children, both traditionally and homeschooled, who love to read. Indeed, these children seem to both inhale and devour written material of any type. I think this is amazing. If you're one of these parents, give yourself (and your child) a pat on the back.
|Robbie (age 3) with some of his books.|
|Books! Books! Books! He's always been surrounded by books and reading. (ages 1-3)|
When he began sounding out words and wanted to know how to read, I taught him. His lesson times were pretty relaxed, since he was so very young. He thought it was the greatest thing ever.
When he finished his phonics program, he and I began to have more "shared reading" time. We were tackling chapter books that interested him and sharing the reading duties. His reading is now more independent, but we still share some of it. (I'm still reading to him, as well.)
|Reading for fun? Not my boy. I have to force or bribe him to read these days. (ages 4-6)|
Somewhere along the way, he decided that he didn't like to read. It was gradual... beginning with small grumbles, but one day I woke and the mere mention of reading anything (even if we were to read it together) quickly snowballed into yelling and tears. Reading on his tablet makes it mildly more tolerable for him, but he still fights me.
His vision is perfect. He is a fluent, expressive reader. His comprehension and recall are astounding. I can't find anything "technical" that could be the cause. He simply does. Not. Enjoy. Reading.
ANOTHER CONFESSION: My son loves video games. No, this is NOT what I had envisioned for him, but it is a fact. My husband loves video games and comic books.... I can't control my husband's influence. I try to limit his screen time, but our current living situation (with Robbie's grandparents) makes that difficult. Grandparents seem to be indulgent by nature. (I am not looking forward to the battles I will have with my son over screen-time limits once our house is ready.)
There is no happy ending (yet). I have no resolution to this post, only a question (and a plea)..
Is there something I could and should be doing to help him enjoy reading? Is this simply beyond my control? Has anyone experienced something similar? Should I move my family to a cave and make books the only form of available entertainment? Could this be a phase?
I'd love some ideas and suggestions.