I am raising a boy child whom I dearly love. Who LOVES to tells stories. Who LOVES to have books of all sorts read to him. He simply adores it. "Mom, don't stop reading" is an oft repeated phrase. "Mom, will you keep me company as I do ______ and read something to me?" (now...who could turn down that offer??? :)
BUT this story loving .. does SO not actually like to READ the books himself.
Sometimes it feels like the world is screaming at me
"What? He doesn't like to read?!?!?! Whatever did you do wrong???"
Whatever is a homeschooling mom to do??
Like seriously. I scratch my head about it somedays, but most days I do what I do which to .. TALK.
I talk. I explain that we just need to find the genre of books that are not too hard and yet are interesting enough for him to want to read. I explain, that I expect him to be a mix between dad and I... a lover of mysteries and a love of facts! And that yes, Minecraft books count. :) So while we search for his genre we continue to read.
It amazes me sometimes just what books tickle his fancy. Take for instance this book on Antarctic Antics.
But just as it surprises me about the book that he does like, it surprises me sometimes what books he does not like. Recently we read a book called "Curious Critters". He loved the pictures in it, but the text.. my... he was just not happy. When I pointed out the factual info at the end of the book he asked why the author couldn't have just written the text with the pictures like that. I hear I had thought he'd really like it. Goes to show I am continuing to learn what he likes.
What we have tracked down is he doesn't like sappy stories, he likes mysteries, and books with facts in it. The more we read, the more we learn...and who knows... maybe before long we'll have a boy who loves reading as much as his mom and dad do. :)
So tell me.... if you have a boy in the 8-11 year old range, what would you have them read????
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