Hi there I am really interested to see what advice you have. I am really keen for my children to go to grammar schools . My oldest son is seven and while he is bright,he isn't really liking his reading very much and (truthfully) is a bit lazy. His teacher says his reading is ok for his age but it's not as good as his maths. I had at the back of my mind that early fluent reading is an indicator of intelligence?
I realise that it's still early days but I can't help wondering what the likelihood is is he will past 11+ when he really, really hates reading. We had tears and tantrums this morning because I asked him to read something. When he does read, his comprehension is very good. Obviously I just want him to be happy but I need to get a handle on how likely we are to have to move etc to sort out secondary school. Also any tips on helping reluctant readers especially boys would be fantastic- I am at my wits end!
Helping reluctant readers - need to, in a subtle way, get to the reasons. Is he struggling decoding the words, does he prefer listening to you read, is it the reading matter you are giving him, is he feeling down about it for some reason etc?
The key usually is to take it in turns reading stuff he really enjoys ( any old rubbish so long as he is loving it) and at some point eventually he will want to read without you e,g. To carry on and find out what is happening next while you put the washing on etc.
It could take years until it is a self motivated habit of his own. In the meantime keep up the vocabulary acquisition with audio books and taking it in turn with the reading.
If he has not been taught to decode well and is just guessing and making lots of errors or being frustratingly slow so he can't enjoy it there are some good ways of working through this quickly.
I don't think that a child's reading enthusiasm or skill is a reliable measure of intelligence so I would not worry about this - just make sure he is not having the pants bored off him by school guided reading lessons and the books he brings home to read - sometimes these things are the source of the problem.