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HELP! My Kid Hates To Read

I am a huge fan of reading. I don’t get a lot of time to read casually, but the time I do have for it I cherish. I love a good novel, biography and when I only have a short time to focus on a certain story, I reach for my National Geographic Magazine or hit up my favorite blogs.

I have always loved reading. I learned to read at a very early age — before entering kindergarten and it’s never been something I have struggled with. I am fast, can retain it pretty quickly — it’s how I learn.

Mister Speed (my six-year-old) and I have been focusing a lot of our time together on reading. He has been struggling with grasping letter sounds and putting those sounds together. To complicate things, he is in French Immersion program so we’re both trying to learn French together as well as learning to read in English.

My biggest struggle with the whole thing is he seems to really hate it and I have no idea to how to make it more enjoyable or easier.

My girls both love to read so having Speed so resistant to it concerns me. I don’t want to force him to work on it with me because I worry that will put him off from ever loving — or even tolerating it. Obviously though reading is a subject that is a main focus of kindergarten though. He seems to get very easily frustrated with not already ‘getting it’ and as much as I try to reassure him that we are both learning and it’s okay to try, he is so put off from it.

So, friends of mine, how can I encourage him to read more? How can I make it something he loves and wants to do verses something I feel like I have to force him to do? Help!

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