There’s no better way to catch your child’s attention than by handing him a glossy magazine filled with things he’s interested in. Chances are, he’ll probably start reading said magazine. He might even (GASP) enjoy it!
Magazine subscriptions are relatively cheap (reason #1 Why Boys Like Magazines!)
In fact, the cost of a one-year subscription is about the same as the cost of a paperback novel. Getting a magazine subscription will:
a) save you a lot of money (magazines sold on the shelves in stores are 3 to 4 times as expensive than subscription copies)
b) give your son something to look for in the mail. I still get giddy whenever a magazine comes for me. Your child will love having something
Summer Reading Loss
A 2004 Johns Hopkins University study
reported that all students, especially lower-income males and females experience learning loss during the summer months. Students who don’t read over the summer lose reading performance skills.
Sometimes, parents will do whatever it takes to get their kids reading. While the debate is still out about whether or not it is a good idea to bribe kids
to read or not, incentive programs DO work. There are many summer reading reward programs sponsored by various companies and education sites across the U.S. I can pretty much guarantee the list below is the most extensive on the web!
Before you check into these programs, remember that your local library probably has a great incentive program to get your son reading this summer. Also, in case you missed it, you may want to call his school and see if there are any
How do I get My Sons to Read This Summer?
Getting boys to read come summer vacation can be difficult. Many will insist they don’t have to read when school is out and others will whine that they need a break from reading. Parents may need to find crafty ways to circumvent typical reading sessions and approach summer reading in a completely different way.
Get Boys to Read by Being a little Sneaky...
Keeping in mind that boys are an active people who are always game for an adventure, one way to get them excited about reading is to make it a sub-activity in a grander escapade. Instead of focusing on the act of reading, focus on a pursuit that appeals to boys and then incorporate reading into the activity.
Engaging an active boy in poetry reading and writing may seem an impossible, even ridiculous undertaking. However, there are amazing resources available to help you learn how to get the active, aggressive and disruptive boy in your life to love poetry.
What Kinds of Poetry Boys Like
I have a good friend who is the mother of three boys, ages ten, twelve, and fourteen. Corralling the ten year old and the twelve year old in order to get them to sit down to read a book is about as fun as trying to get your cat to love bathtime. It just doesn’t seem possible AND it’s an exhausting process. The boys sigh, they roll their eyes, and above all, complain, complain, complain. Their number one complaint? Reading is BORING.