Eli doesn't like to read very much; in fact it's been a real struggle for him to date. He's not really at the level he "should" be, so what's at his reading level is not his interest level. It's difficult to find books that he's interested in that are not too hard for him.
Cue my sister and her husband. They had given Eli a whole stack of books last year that Josh had gotten from where he works. They are short, less than ten chapters, they were written back in the '50's or 60's I'd say, about two boys and their mystery adventures. The things that just happen to them as they are hanging out, riding bikes, or playing with the dog. Sort of like the pre-curser to the Hardy Boys at a second/third grade level.
Well we tried Eli reading one last year. Total fail. But I had hope. He will love to read someday. He will. Right? I put them on the shelf to try again later.
We tried again last week. Eli read the first two chapters and didn't whine about it, he seemed to almost like it. I didn't hold my breath. The next day we read two more chapters. The story was getting good. I love mysteries!
The next day I talked about how I wanted to find out who the bad guy was and how I was so interested to see how it ended. Eli joined right in with me and wanted to know if we'd have time to read that night. We'll make time son, we'll make time!
That day he started to read chapter five and when he got to the end he asked if he could read the next one. By all means! Then at chapter seven he was flipping back to see how much was left and, could he read it too? Of course! Then there was just one chapter left titled "The Mystery is Solved." We couldn't be left hanging! He finished the book. He really liked it.
We put it back on the shelf and picked another "Tom and Ricky" book to start. Chapter one is done with it already, he read it to Noah. They are just right for him this year so I want to help him plow though them to help his reading fluency.
Oh, this may just be the break we were looking for!