One of my son's favorite parts of our school day is reading practice. He reads really simple sight word and beginner books out loud and does pretty well with some help (he is 5 by the way.) The problem I am having is that when he has been off school for a day or two, last week he had a stomach virus and was throwing up, he refuses to read for me. He will fidget, make up words, guess random words, roll his eyes at me and makes faces, he will even try to close the book and pretend he read it. Just in general he acts like he has no clue how to read anything at all, even sight words that he has known for over a year or so. It is to the point where I dread reading practice after time off because it causes such a struggle. Usually after some tears and time out he will settle down and get back into to it and do a good job. I usually try to ease back into it by making simple sentences out of sight word flash cards and having him read them. But this week nothing seems to be motivating him to try, and I'm getting a little frustrated. Is there an easier way to get him back on track, or maybe something I'm missing? Surely he doesn't completely forget what he has learned in just a week, right?
on Apr. 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM