I don’t know about where you are, but here it’s the last week of school before half-term holidays! 🙂 We’re all looking forward to a week off, so I thought I’d focus on the education stuff while I’m still thinking about it.
I struggle with the primary school compulsory books, like the Biff and Chip ones and if we’re all sick of them, why are we surprised when kids don’t want to read them?!
When they’re small and sounding things out, it’s fine but shouldn’t be all the reading they get! If you teach them to love books they’ll enjoy their reading time and, therefore, learn more. If they see you enjoy it and they get to spend time with you, they’ll appreciate it all the more. Start a regular story time and read something exciting!
If you ask an adult who loves to read, they’ll say it takes them to another place, it’s exciting or funny or tear-jerking or educational….no-one ever says “even though it’s boring, I felt I had to.” So from about the age of 8 let them read what they enjoy. I actually went to my daughter’s teacher in year 5 (9 and 10-year-olds for those used to a different system) and asked if she had to read those books or if she could read her own book…the teacher, like me, could see no reason why not and agreed that as long as she was reading, it was fine.
The other issue I have with giving all children the same books is that children are different! If one only wants to read factual books then why can’t they? A friend asked me if it was OK for her child to just read science books about dinosaurs, fossils, volcanoes etc…I said that if the child was reading and enjoying it, I saw no problem.
The important thing is access; if there are interesting books for them and fiction available, eventually they’ll find something else to read… They are still reading, it can still teach them new vocabulary and writing styles (so they’re basically halfway to GCSE English right there) and when they are ready they will pick up another genre, it might be that they want fiction related to the facts they like (like dinosaurs or the ocean) or they might pick something totally different as relief from the learning (like a comedy)…they come to it in their own time.
If you have a fact-based child, be patient. You’ll probably learn all the facts too, but it’s allowing them to get excited about reading. Who knows, they may grow up to be a specialist in that field!
Have a lovely day and snuggle up with a good book at the earliest opportunity!