some time ago, i saw an article about how by the end of high school, girls score 10 points higher on reading tests than boys. they attributed the difference in scores to girls reading for pleasure.
so! here are the top 5 ways i know to encourage our boys to become bookworms:
5. restrict screen time.
4. find "boy friendly" books - nonfiction, sports, follow his interests.
3. carry books he likes in the car, to the dentist, anywhere there is waiting time. we subscribe to boys life and other magazines, and i will just put them in the car when they arrive. a nice surprise.
2. have a "reading dinner" when you have been together a lot so you don't feel like chatting, just bring your books to the table and enjoy.
1. read aloud to your child. this is a gift to you both. my teenager was trying to read the three musketeers but the old wordings were putting her off. when i read it to her, she "got" the humor and was able to take off independently. my son, same thing with lord of the rings.
note that "have your child read to YOU" is not on the list. you must do this if your child is still in the phonics phase, learning to decode. in the phonics phase also, you may want to take turns reading pages. your fluent reading helps him keep the meaning of the story. once he's fluent, having him read aloud sometimes is a negative. if he enjoys reading to you, wonderful! i'll share some book recommendations for different aged boys soon.