Making reading fun again (for Grade 4)

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Making reading fun again (for Grade 4)

Postby maherwoman » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:24 pm

Hi guys,

My daughter used to LOVE reading...absolutely devoured every single book we gave her. She's read many, many books.

But, this last school year, she went to a PS, and they effectively squashed her desire to read! :(

So, I'm on a make reading FUN again! To make reading WONDERFUL and EXCITING again for my daughter!!

Anybody have any ideas to contribute to this?? I would love any advice you can give! :)

Thank you so much!

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Postby 4given » Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:09 pm

Well, I do have all boys but that may not matter. Here are some of the things we read last year that we enjoyed:

The Chronicles of Narnia
The Hobbit
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Devil's Arithmetic
Adventures of a Young Sailor
Where the Red Fern Grows

Other than that, the Little House series may interest your daughter.

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Postby Theodore » Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:48 am

Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
The Phantom Tollbooth
Anything by Beverly Cleary (Ramona is the most well-known character)
Most things by Sid Fleischman (McBroom, etc.)
Charlotte's Web
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Island of the Blue Dolphin
The Boxcar Children (classic, early ones anyway)

All things I read when I was young, in addition to some of 4given's list and probably hundreds of other books. :)

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Postby Lily » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:05 pm

I encouraged a reluctant reader by reading to him for a while. (okay, still do!) Every week we went to the library, he picked out books he wanted, I picked out books I thought he would enjoy and just stuck them on the bookcase when we got home. Every once in a while he'd flip through them, maybe read a short one, but that was it. We got the interactive books (like Egyptology) and gave them to him for holiday presents.

And then things changed. Suddenly he wanted to read more. I don't know if it was just time or what, but he took off. He found a niche in fantasy and sci-fi and started bringing home everything from Cornelia Funke writings to Margaret Weis. I still read with him to give him exposure to other styles, but he devours those.

My advice is just to relax and surround her with good writing. Eventually she'll pick it back up again.
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You may want to follow the new blog There will be conservative book reviews for all ages as well as free ebook downloads. You can also request help locating books for a particular reader based upon his/her interests.

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Postby tinky wink » Sun May 02, 2010 8:31 pm

Heidi was my favorite book in the 4th grade and the first book that made me want to travel.
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Postby Jill » Tue May 04, 2010 6:13 am

I would also suggest reading aloud for awhile. Check the Sonlight catalog for good read aloud ideas - most are available at the library.

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Some classic books would be good!

Postby Stuart » Mon May 24, 2010 5:54 pm

You can't beat some of the classics, especially for girls.


Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Avonlea
Anne of the Island
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Black Beauty

You may want to have your daughter read the books and then see the movies for those that exist. This will help her appreciate the literature (not to take anything away from the movies) and help her to think critically by comparing the two.

Good luck!

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Postby philipsteele » Wed May 18, 2011 3:53 am

some children's have the lazy with the parents should use some technics and fun to improve the children's reading skills....,

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Postby Theodore » Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:21 pm

Don't have to use any particular techniques if you give your kids things to read that they'll enjoy reading. With a couple of my sisters, that meant comic books. And don't mix reading with book reports! Book reports are the absolute best way to make reading miserable. Writing should be separate from reading.

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