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What do I do to get my nine-year old boy off books with pictures and onto books with text content?

So it looks like you have two questions, how to foster a love of reading and how to get your son to start reading more reading-level appropriate books (that phrasing was chosen carefully, I'll get to ...
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Will reading the same book in two languages confuse my daughter?

Don’t worry. I have 3 kids who are now fluent in 3 languages... When the youngest was learning to count we were giving her the numbers in either of two languages - because she was also at nursery ...
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8-year-old daughter is obsessed with books - escaping from something?

Hmm, apparently my eight year old has a twin sister nobody told me about! Basically everything up there would word for word work to describe him. This is totally normal at this age. It's hard to ...
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Is it normal for a child just turned 3 to be able to read and how do I develop and nurture his intelligence?

Speaking from experience1, your child is advanced, very likely gifted - but it happens. Remember that “normal” is just a statistical distribution and doesn’t imply any value or sense of wrong or right....
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Can I "read" from English books to my infant, but use words from my native language?

I have personally tried this. The only difficulty that I've found is that once your child reaches "reading age", these books can offer some starting points. However, if your child has consistently ...
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Is it good or bad to correct a child's spelling online?

YouTube comments, phone auto-correct, someone looking over your shoulder ... all of these could definitely annoy someone. Think of how you would feel if someone did it to you. Don't treat this child ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

In our experience, the main reading-promoting activities at this early age were limited to reading aloud to children. We used good quality books with lots of pictures, often board books. Having the ...
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What do I do to get my nine-year old boy off books with pictures and onto books with text content?

Your son sounds like my son! A few years ago I went through the same struggle. Bright kid, reading way above grade level, but spends all of his time reading Dogman and Captain Underpants. Tried a ...
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How do I make my kids love reading?

First off, I'd recommend you change your language some. "How do I make my kids..." never ends well. Your kids are their own people, and they'll choose to like, or not like, things; trying ...
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How do I make my kids love reading?

A Tale of Two Children I have two boys, both grown now, but they were very different. We read to them every night, multiple books, and they both loved being read to. However, when the older one came ...
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What is the practical upper limit on reading to your child?

I have not ever heard of any research suggesting there is "too much," however there are some sensible guidelines that could give you a practical upper limit: when your child gets tired, don't force ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

when to start reading books to a child As soon as it's fun for everyone involved. 11 months is fine if you and your daughter enjoy it. and attempt teaching reading? Too early. At 11 month you ...
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Can I "read" from English books to my infant, but use words from my native language?

You may not get a choice, particularly as your child gets older. Mine has lots of books in both English and her mother tongue. When I pick up a book she will often request demand it be read in one ...
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Is it good or bad to correct a child's spelling online?

Like Ian, I would also urge you to think of how you would feel in the kid's place. Personally, I would be really annoyed and embarrassed if it turns out someone has been letting me make mistakes ...
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How to further an aptitude toward early literacy?

This may not be the most scholarly article devoted to the subject, but it has been borne out again and again in well-developed studies: reading to your child id one of the most beneficial activities ...
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Is there any benefit in reading to a baby 2 weeks old?

As psychologist that is specialized in early age can say: For child - hearing the words of the native language is very beneficial, because he is starting to recognize and then remember tones, voices ...
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Making reading books the only option on long car commutes a bad idea?

You are trying to give your son 2 boring options and hope that the boring option which requires more effort to be bored will win out. Honestly, I don't see that happening. If you want to instill a ...
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What do I do to get my nine-year old boy off books with pictures and onto books with text content?

Continue with your practice of encouraging your son to read, and have patience. Reading to him, buying books and going together to the library to borrow books are all great ways to help develop ...
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How do I make my kids love reading?

Children see, children do. When they hang out with you, or even nearby you, read a lot of books. When they look interested, show them what you're reading and talk to them about it. Make silly faces ...
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How do I make my kids love reading?

I can't beat the existing best answer! But to add a few more points... Don't underestimate the value of pictures If your children are too young to read, the pictures help the child stay with the story,...
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My 8 year old daughter tries to "guess" the words while she tries to read. Any tip to address this?

When she runs into words that confuse her, just say the correct word quietly and in a neutral way. She needn't stop, but it's best that you get the sense that she registered the meaning even if it's ...
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What do I do to get my nine-year old boy off books with pictures and onto books with text content?

This addresses only one aspect of @Becuzz's excellent answer, and @Paul Johnson suggested it (albeit very briefly.) So, nothing new here, just fleshing it out. My first child was reluctant to move ...
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How do I make my kids love reading?

To answer your first question, comic books are fine to introduce your children to reading. Our approach was "whatever works best" and we used a variety of book types and reading-related ...
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Is it normal for a child just turned 3 to be able to read and how do I develop and nurture his intelligence?

You child is probably gifted, but you need a specialized test to tell that (impossible to assess over the internet by strangers). It seems like he is hitting developmental milestones a few years ahead ...
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when to start reading books to a child and attempt teaching reading?

Pre-reading is definitely possible at 11 months. A bilingual child whom I take care of has been happily "reading" the logos of cars since about that age. As we walked down the street, I ...
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8-year-old daughter is obsessed with books - escaping from something?

As others have said (more eloquently than I would have done), many of us here were equally avid readers at a similar age. What I would add is that "Even if her 5yo sister is around, she often ...
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8-year-old daughter is obsessed with books - escaping from something?

Disagreeing with commenters and the highest voted answer, I believe you are correct to wonder about what is driving your daughter to read so voraciously. I also want to commend you for your honesty in ...
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Is there any benefit in reading to a baby 2 weeks old?

To:dr - I think talking to a two week old during day-to-day activities is far more beneficial than reading to them. Please recognize that this is my opinion only as a mother and someone who ...
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Has W. Fowler's infancy reading method been replicated/improved?

Is it "common knowledge" that early enrichment can speed up development? To a certain extent, yes. There's plenty of research showing that early experience is related to how quickly infants learn ...
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