All posts tagged reading strategies

How to Raise Boys Who Read

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

An interesting rebuttal to today’s WSJ post on How to Raise Boys Who Read from Rob Doughtery:

There is an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning about getting boys to read, which is an important issue because in most cases, boys are lagging seriously behind girls by their teenage years. The only way, of course, to improve reading skills is to actually do it and the author of this article, Thomas Spence, tries to make a connection between bribery with video games and reluctant readers. I think it’s a very valid point, overall, but misses the mark in a few rather significant ways. I do agree with the general premise, however, that if you want a kid to read, then bribing him with a video game is at best merely a distraction and at worst completely counterproductive. Read more…

How to Raise Boys Who Read from a dad of 6 boys!

Raising Boys Who Love to Read

Thank you to my work Dad Friend (who also has a blog, adverlicio.us, an online ad archive)  for this great article from the Wall Street Journal on How to Raise Boys Who Read by Thomas Spence.   The article has this funny tagline:  “Hint:  Not with Gross-Out Books and Video Game Bribes.” Spence is apparently disgusted by the pandering of publishers to reluctant boy readers with gross-out books and proposes a simple solution that worked for his 6 (that’s right, folks, SIX!!!!) boys:  TURN OFF THE SCREENS!  FILL THE HOUSE WITH GOOD BOOKS.  It worked for him and now he has research to back it up. Read more…

New Standards in Education

New State Education Standards

Below are some key paragraphs about the new state standards.  Here is the link to The New York Times article.  Here is the link to the PDFs that spell out the new state standards.  This seems like a good thing but what are your thoughts? Read more…

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Setting Up Routines at Home

Routines for Reading at Home

School is starting and usually there is a month of adjustment for both teacher and children doing things like assessing each child in a variety of subjects, getting into the rhythm of classroom routines and behavior norms, finding out how each child learns best, making new friends, and reviewing academic material from last year. It’s not a time where new learning is emphasized (except if your child is lucky enough to “loop” with his or her same class from last year in which case it’s business as usual). Read more…

Tips for Hooking Reluctant Readers

Getting Kids Who Hate Reading to Love It

This wonderful list of books is from author Maria Scheel. You can find her blog by clicking here.  Her full post can be found here. Read more…

NERDS: A series for Reluctant Readers

Books for Boys Who Hate to Read

This is from FunKidsLive.  It looks like a great chapter book series for reluctant boy readers.  NERDS (which stands for National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society) is a new book series by Michael Buckley.  I send this to my Mom Friend with a reluctant boy reader and she confirmed: yes, we own this and yes, we love this. Read more…

NYTimes Top Selling Graphic Novels

Best Selling Graphic Novels

There is a lot of talk on the internet in the Reluctant Reader arena that graphic novels are a legitimate vehicle for literacy.  I, for one, agree!  Graphic novels tell stories both through images and words.  If this gets a Reluctant Reader excited to read more, what is not to like? Read more…

Top 10: Ways to Make Reading Fun

Ideas to Make Reading Fun for Kids

This is from Home and Family Blog.  Thank you Home and Family blog for this great list of ideas!! Read more…

Tips to Encourage Struggling Readers

Tips for Encouraging Readers Who Struggle

This article is from Child First.  I know that many of us parents are gearing up for summer reading both to get our kids to enjoy reading and to complete summer homework assignments.  If your child does not love to read, this can be really stressful for both parent and child.  This is a great article that give Tips for Encouraging Struggling Readers.  Reading is like a bell curve (remember those from college science classes?  ugh!). Once your child gets over the hump, reading becomes something that is pleasurable.  I hope these tips are helpful for you. Read more…