My daughter is a great reader and tests at a sixth grade reading level in fourth grade. She is creative and curious about many things. This is why I am so shocked that she does not enjoy reading. When I was her age, I would take a book to bed every night and read until I passed out. I think she has read ONE book at her leisure this entire year! I know I should be *making* her read, but I hate it. I hate that it's a battle, that she only reads for the time required by school (20 minutes) waiting for the timer to go off the entire time, and never enjoys it.
I know I can't force her to enjoy something, but I am thinking of trying to institute my own summer reading / rewards incentives for her over the summer. She only reads for school and the year is almost over but I still want her reading daily. Has anyone ever done this? Does anyone have good ideas for rewards that are not food or monetary for a 10 year old? I don't want to do a library program because we own so many books at home as I have bought her everything she expressed an interest in though she has hardly cracked any of these books open (Harry Potter series, Magic Tree House series, graphic novels, any book she wanted!)
Anybody else have kids who hate to read for no apparent reason? How about any other suggestions on how I can encourage her to find joy in literature? I think that is a cornerstone of lifelong learning and intelligence...
Thank you very much!