Headfirst Into the Kiddie Pool blogBlogged by Tamara and Rick, a mother of a preschooler and a father of two — both employees at the Duluth News Tribune.
Blogged by Tamara and Rick, a mother of a preschooler and a father of two — both employees at the Duluth News Tribune.
Join them as they experience the fun and frustrations of life with kids. And they encourage you to share your parenting insights and observations as well. Below is a post taken from their blog archive.
Gifted reader is no book worm
We recently attended parent-teacher conferences for our first-grader, Maura, and things went pretty well (other than her earlier stubborn refusal to participate in gym class — the subject of an earlier blog post).
She enjoys school and gets very good grades across the board, but my wife and I have been puzzled by her lack of interest in reading. She finds it boring and will read only the minimum required to complete her nightly homework assignments.
It’s not that she struggles to read. She’s off the charts for her age in that category. But ability doesn’t guarantee participation or enjoyment.
My wife and I read quite a bit … just about the best part of my day is getting the chance to curl up with a good book for a few fleeting moments. So, we’re providing her with a good example (at least I think so).
Her teacher suggested that she give books for older children a try, because she may just need a challenge to spark her interest. We’re giving that a try right now. We’re trying not to push, but it would be a shame for someone with a gift to let it shrivel up.
Any suggestions from parents and grandparents out there?
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