As far back as I can remember, I loved to read. I remember reading in Kindergarten, elementary school and beyond and just loving books. Judy Blume was my inappropriate author choice in elementary school and thanks to an older cousin, by middle school, I was reading Judith Krantz and Danielle Steel. (Probably with many a shocked look on my face at the R rated scenes!)
My reading choices weren’t always quality reading but reading was easy and I loved to do it.
This has not been the case with my 3rd grade son. From the time we started learning how to read, it’s been a frustration. While we’ve tested him and found he doesn’t have any particular challenge, he’s a left-brained analytical thinker who would rather build an incredible structure out of Legos than read a book.
But this fall, his teacher plotted out a chart for him that he has to fill out with 15 minutes of reading each night. He started off very begrudgingly. He’s not one to ever miss homework or anything a teacher says, so while he always did his 15 minutes, he didn’t enjoy it.
But recently, the tides have turned and he’s not only reading his 15 minutes – he asks to stay up later to finish books and he’s excited about what he’s reading.
Here’s 8books he’s read over the last few months that he’s loved. Not only does he love them but he then goes on to tell everyone all about them. Note the non-fiction theme. I think sometimes it’s a matter of finding what they love! I also think these Step 4 & 5 books are appealing to him because he can read them in a night. It’s like a little novella for him
Would love to hear any other suggestions you guys out there might have!
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Did you know they found fully intact eggs that were preserved by ash? (I found this out from Nate of course)