The nursery rhymes say it all: What are girls made of? Sugar and spice, And everything nice, That's what little girls are made of. What are little boys made of? Snips and snails, And puppy dog tails, That's what little boys are made of. Ain't that the truth! They are so different all around so why should we be surprised when the reading skills develop differently too? You have to be intentional when it comes to teaching boys to read. A firm, loving attitude is the best method and then follow it through to completion. You can make the experience fun for them BUT there also has to be a serious side to their learning. Finding that perfect balance depends on your individual child's characteristics. You are your child's best teacher because you know that child inside out as opposed to a classroom teacher who has selected hours with him. Yes, boys can be a puzzle so here are a few websites to check out that will help you with book selections for them and tips to get you going. Gotta love those little guys. Praise, hugs and more praise are the best medicine for a struggling reader.
1) www.boysbookshelf.com (Jon Sciesk, Dave Shannon, Mac Barnett, Adam Rex)
2) Michael Wade and his wife Laura do school presentations and have a fabulous "boy" collection
3) dangerous books for boys part 2 (on Youtube)