Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Words for my Wednesday

It's report card time for my boys' elementary school, and I know my youngest son is struggling with his reading.  He doesn't like to read for fun.  He doesn't like to read when there's more than a few sentences on a page.  He gets anxious about it.  Because he doesn't like to read, he doesn't really like to write.  Reading and writing are important.  So here are the Words for my Wednesday...




My boys are the tough ones when it comes to education, because it doesn't come as easily for them as it comes to my older daughter.  They struggle with reading and writing; language arts is just not their strongest subject.  

Education is important, and reading is a powerful tool.  Do you have any advice to help me keep my boys motivated?

Do you have any words, quotes, or sayings you'd like to share?  Please do with a comment!  =0)
Happy Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by.

30 comments :

Sheryl Hastings said...

Those definitely are some powerful words!

Happy Wednesday!

Noor Unnahar said...

Aww powerful words <3 It always happens with young boys and girls , wy don't you get them a start with fun books? They should be available for every age.
Noor @ Noor's Place

ChatterBlossom said...

I had the opposite problem growing up. Math was my nemesis and maybe still is...
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

M Engram said...

My daugther is 9 and only reads when its required for homework. I don't understand it. I've always loved reading. Hopefully it will change in time and she will learn to love reading as much as i do!

Jacqueline said...

My son does not read for fun as well, however, if there is a subject that is very interesting to him he may be more tempted to read. Sometimes the key is to find what the really like and go with it..... Even if it is a comic book or magazine for kids. It is all reading. There are great magazines for children!
I also find writing ( the old fashion writing) is beginning to be lost, kids are allowed to use computers do much now.

Jennifer said...

Dr. Seuss is a fav - stop by and see me... JennsThreeGraces blogspot!

bitsofthepastandpresent said...

I have two very happy readers and one who struggles with the enjoyment of it. What I do is read one page, then he reads the other page. We take turns until I say I have to go make dinner, or some other excuse. Usually, he decides he wants to keep reading. Also, I have begun to check out books on cd and play them in the car. This inspires him to read because he hears how exciting the books are.
Love your quotes!
Suzy

Jen Marie said...

My middle daughter is the same way! She hates reading and basically refuses to do it. She doesn't even want to read books that I know she would like. It's hard, I just hope she eventually sees how awesome books are and someday will love to read!

Sherry said...

When my son was little he did not like to read, but I used to ask him to read to me.

Now he is an English and sign language major at college.

xo

Unifyhandmade said...

Great words! I'm not too sure on how to help with that issue, but I do know what when I was younger I had the same problem. I was never interested in education--until I was much older. Maybe you can find a video game that teaches them reading and writing skills? boys usually like playing games.

Holly McDonald said...

Great words! My only advice would be to keep searching for that topic that the boys really like. My husband tells me all the time how he is not a reader and he hates to read... yet there are 4wheeling and car magazines all over my house and he's always reading. He just thinks they don't count because they are not novels. Find what they love and the joy will transfer over!

Epic Thread said...

I love Dr. Suess so much. These are good quotes! My mom always encouraged me to read when I was young and it stuck with me. Those are good words to pass on to your kids!
Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

Natasha Hoover said...

When I was a kid and bored with school, my dad would remind me of a Mark Twain quotation: "I've never let my school interfere with my education." Sometimes school is boring or frustrating, just make sure they don't confuse being bored at school with learning being boring! My dad always made learning more interesting with memorable books, projects, and trips that were way more fun than most classrooms. This made me realize learning was interesting and, in turn, made me want to pay better attention in school.

Nicky Hudelson said...

I found you through the Linkin with my Ladies Blog Hop and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed reading your blog and I am now following. My oldest son was like that, and I was finally able to get him to read more by "allowing" him to read things that he was interested in rather than trying to make him read. I went and found books about dragons and stuff that I knew he liked, I read them, got to really good parts, and called him over and would read the really good parts to him... which got him interested in the story. Kinda like the previews do on a movie. I eventually found him reading one of the books on his on. He's been reading ever since.

Memories for Life said...

Both great quotes. Good luck with the boys.
Rewards are always good for coaxing them to read :) For every book they get "X"...whatever motivates them.

Crystal Green said...

Great words!! I've found that using technology has helped A LOT!!! There are programs like Headsprout.com, K5Learning.com, and ReadingEggs.com, and so many more that have made learning to read fun for my boys.

I hope this helps.

mary_smith said...

Great quotes!
I'm hopping over from Linking with my Ladies!

http://maryshealthymeals.blogspot.com/

2justByou said...

Wow! Thanks to you ALL for giving me so much help today. Many of you have suggested some really great ideas, and I'll be putting them to use. =0)
Thanks so much!

Lela Bowens said...

Wow! I was just talking about how my son, who doesn't really "enjoy" reading as much as I'd like, found a series of books that he loves and has now become an avid reader. He's been telling me about his new chapter adventures each day after his 20 minute reading sessions. Thing is, I thought I could help him find a love for reading by finding what I thought he would like. Reality was that he found his love for reading by locating his own interests, which is nothing that I would've chosen for him. Maybe take a trip to the library and let them explore to see what they come up with.
I hope it helps.
By the way, I found you by Linkin' with my ladies! (and I love your Wednesday words!)
www.lelabowens.com

Lela Bowens said...

Wow! I was just talking about how my son, who doesn't really "enjoy" reading as much as I'd like, found a series of books that he loves and has now become an avid reader. He's been telling me about his new chapter adventures each day after his 20 minute reading sessions. Thing is, I thought I could help him find a love for reading by finding what I thought he would like. Reality was that he found his love for reading by locating his own interests, which is nothing that I would've chosen for him. Maybe take a trip to the library and let them explore to see what they come up with.
I hope it helps.
By the way, I found you by Linkin' with my ladies! (and I love your Wednesday words!)
www.lelabowens.com

lor K said...

I just found your blog through the linkin
with my ladies hop.
I'm following your blog now. When my son was young,
he enjoyed reading as
long as he could read to me. Sort of a showing
off thing. I would say
"I don't know what that says, you tell me",it worked
for a while. Good luck to you.

lork
http://www.lifewithraisapain.com

Mariana said...

Great quotes!
And good luck with the boys. My sister had problems with reading, too. We all encouraged her and it has obviously helped. Now - 10 or 15 years later, she loves to read.

mail4rosey said...

I have one of four who just didn't learn as quickly as the others. I think it was hard on him too, that the others did have that natural ability. I hope you find what you can to help w/the boys.

I'm visiting today from Linkin with my Ladies. :)

Arta said...

Great words!

:)

I will be waiting tutorial for those flowers - they are really cute and Im thinking maybe I can make them for my summer wedding - would be nice :)

Sonya Kanelstrand said...

I loved reading when I was a kid and still do. But I can see that is a challenge for some kids nowadays. I believe a warm and steady approach and education through personal example might do the best of jobs.

Jennifer said...

My sons and I would look up a recipe in a cook book, grocery shop off the list of ingredients and then prepare the recipe. It enabled us to read the recipe, prepare it together, then we'd read a few books they chose afterward. Sometimes it would be a simple salad. My son,Todd,said one time "Mom, I'd rather you make grilled cheese and spend time with us than a gourmet meal". They still talk about it and they are great cooks as adults.

Additionsstyle said...

I love those quotes, very inspiring for children and adults. I faced the same challenge with my daughter when she was young. Luckily the grade school she went to had a special reading program for kids who struggled with reading. She participated in that group until the 5th grade, and then one day it finally clicked for her. She was excelling at her school work, and reading became easier. She became an A student, and still is even now as a sophomore in college.
Valerie
Everyday Inspired

Kristin Aquariann said...

I'd have grown up an entirely different person if I didn't LOVE to read! Wonderful quotes.

♥ aquariann
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Little Tree Vintage said...

so inspirational! i love reading!

Sylvia Holman said...

Yay I heart Dr Seuss too! Looks like there is some great advice in the comments, what awesome readers you have :D I've made a mental note of this for the future!