Studies show a continuing decline in boys reading. Though boys initially are excited to learn to read in school, they drop off as readers as they age. They are significantly behind girls of the same age.
As I stood in the tutoring program library with my student, Hunter, a sweet second grade boy, he needed some coaxing to find a book to read. He just didn ‘t see anything appealing. At least not until we hit the row of books with the Captain Underpants series. After several weeks of pushing and pulling him through other books that he wasn’ t enjoying, I was relieved that he found something mildly interesting.
I didn’t learn to read in school. School was a necessary part of the process, and they did a reasonable job of teaching me the basics. But I really learned to read well first by following along as my mother read to me, and then reading by myself, in