My oldest child is now starting 6th grade which is Middle School where I live. She’s a voracious reader now but it wasn’t always so. I guess there are many, many reasons why kids don’t like to read and for her, it wasn’t the decoding or sitting still; it was the act of performing. She hates any kind of attention. A root canal is preferable to her over performing and reading out loud was a performance to her.
This is a great blog post on Partnered Reading to encourage your reluctant reader to read from http://PracticalPages.wordpress.com She also gives some great resources if you need further advice.
Best Phonics Workbooks: Explode the Code (at Amazon.com)
Best Phonics for reluctant read aloud readers: progressive phonics (www.progressivephonics.com)
Fun book series for reluctant read aloud readers: You Read to Me and I’ll Read to You
Use the unscheduled time this summer to strengthen your child’s weaknesses whether it’s social, academic or creative. What does that mean exactly? I’ll illustrate with my kids: