The want-to-be-reader in my daughter disappeared, somewhere between simple short vowel words and complex sentences.
Just like that, gone.
In desperation (if you know us you know we love books), I went to the home library shelf. There before my eyes appeared, George Washington. The title invited me in- Meet George Washington.
I pulled the book off the shelf and thumbed through the pages.
Large type. Pictures on every other page. All nestled in chapters between two hard covers. THIS book had the look and feel of a book an "older" child would read. I beckoned my want-to-be-reader and proposed we sit together as I read. That is all she needed. A book that felt like a "real" book. Not just some story printed in a graded reader, but a real book.
So often want-to-be-readers are lost when fluency and practice are needed to feed the reading process.
Reading can be just plain hard for some children.
Lots of practice. Lots of encouragement. Lots of interesting "real books" needed to make it through that tough time when a young child is building vocabulary and fluency to become a proficient reader.
We started together.
I read to her. The content was intriguing, interesting, something she wanted to know more about. I read the entire book. She listened. She wanted another.
I have no idea where I found this treasure, the only Step-Up we owned.
Where to look?
The library? No, not there.
Google saved the day.
Within a short time, I was able to locate another, then another. Books were delivered to our doorstep!
We opened each box with Christmas excitement.
She chose a book from the box. I read a page. She read a page. Soon, she read a chapter and then I read a chapter. Dad was invited to read. Before long (maybe 2 months) she was reading, independently on her own with enthusiasm.
Want-to-be-reader had been transformed to the I-gotta-read reader.
She wanted to read every book in the series. In fact, the now fluent reader wouldn’t move to another series until she read them all (or at least the ones we could find). Step Up books are that interesting to her.
Interest was the prime motivator. It was internal. It was powerful.
If you have a want-to-be-reader lost somewhere between simple words and complex sentences, perhaps these high-interest books would motivate your child as they have ours.