I never knew he was interested in hobbits or wizards or shires, but this winter my son has set out to read the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
This comes as welcome news to the mother of a son who, for the majority of his fifth grade year, has not enjoyed reading.
Let me rephrase: I could not bribe him to pick up a book for less than $10.
Perhaps it was finding something that interested him.
Perhaps it was that the pull of grass and baseballs always win over paper and ink.
Or perhaps it is something else altogether.
Whatever the reason, I’ve found that he is motivated by an involved mom who helps him set reasonable, attainable goals.
So last month we started using THIS GOAL SHEET (free printable for you!!) and it has transformed his motivation and determination to read and finish these books.
No, we’re not perfect, and no, he’s not close to being done (have you seen those books??), but I’m encouraged to have found something that, at least for now, has kept the pages turning.
Try it and let me know if it helps at your house!