How come some kids enjoy reading books and others are not at all interested?
Does this have anything to do with their environment or the encouragement of their parents or guardians?
It is quite possible they have just not found a good book they enjoyed reading that could have stirred their interest in reading.
It depends on their preferences. Some are learning through listening (audio learners) rather than reading and others prefer hands on activities. My daughter who is a good reader for her age still prefers audio books because she is enjoying drawing and designing clothes while she is listening. Amazingly, she clearly can do two things at the same time.
Most kids read like a robot. They put no emotion into their voice. It is boring to them so their reading is in a boredom voice. One day I discovered as a small child that you could read with different "voices." for example if reading something a pirate said... I would read it like a pirate talks....Or a cowboy or whatever. However, children very small don't know how to do pirate voices or cowboy voices etc. Once they catch on to this it can mean a lot towards making them enjoy reading. Another thing is reading a good book that catches their interest. The book that caught my interest was, "A treasury of American Folklore." by B.A. Botkin. It had lots of old timey stories in it where people talked with the southern accent... here is an excerpt from the book (I still have it). The stories are more than 100 years old from the slave days in America. Here I have typed a couple sentences from the book for you:
WAY DOWN IN GEORGIA
Once upon a time, 'way down in Georgia, it wuz Sunday mawnin', an' de sun wuz hot. De folks in de big house didn' wake up, an' de crows, down in de cawn fiel', wuz a-pullin' up all de cawn. De ol' rooster see de crows a-pullin' up all de cawn an' he lifted up his voice an' say, "De crows a-pullin' up all de cawn! De crows a-pullin' up all de cawn! ..... By-m-by, de ol' turkey gobbler, a-settin on de fence, he git excited, too. He flopped his wings er time er two, flew down inter de yahd, an' called as loud as he could, "Put! put! put! put!" W'at de heck yer goin' ter do 'bout it? "
from page 439 "treasury of American Folklore" by Botkin
That story cant be read like a robotic un-emotional monotone! As a child, these stories intrigued me. They mis-spelled words! They mis-pronounced words! But the stories had character and flavor... (if you read them aloud with the southern accent!) Dats my story ub how i gots tuh liken reedn'. I hopes you likes it too.
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