My DS who is in year 4 is still refusing to read.After a bit of a bash a couple of months ago it's all gone quiet again on the reading front. He will avidly read history / nature books but I'm wondering now if he just looks at the pictures...maybe reading a couple of lines. When I get him to read to me , there's no problem pronouncing the words or understanding what is happening ( although he does sound like he is running out of oxygen when he reads which is rather painful ).
Anyway, as time is ticking on I'm worrying about the 11 plus and how he will be able to pass the VR if his vocab isn't great although his teacher thinks he uses rich vocab in his writing ?!.He is working through some english workbooks which seems fine and the Bond VR book for 8-9 year old which he finds easy apart from the questions where you need to find a new word and the anagrams probably because he's not coming across much vocab.At the moment he can do the find the opposite and similar word questions but I'm not sure if he will be able to with the harder books.
I told him last night he's got to start reading more and went through the hundreds of pristine , unbent books he has on his bookshelf and he just burst in to tears and said bizarrely that the problem was he didn't get to read at school ?!
Then he said couldn't I just teach him the vocab ? Maybe he's just plain lazy ! I've said he's only got to read a couple of pages each day and I do try to do it with him but then I have 6 year old DD interfering...so need some ideas on how to keep her out of the way too !
I think I will just have to be severe.I've banned the tv etc until later in the evening and told DS1 he needs to read more too so hopefully they can sit together.I don't know if they are all tired at the moment as they just nitpick constantly ! I feel drained !!
Sorry to go on.