Is reading becoming phased out? My six year old is learning his sight words and can read basic sentences and very short stories, with help. Last summer while playing a version of Banana Grams with Poppy, he proudly spelled a word B R B. His Poppy told him that was not a word and he responded by saying, "Yes, It's Be Right Back."
Apparently kids today are learning abbreviations before they learns WORDS. To encourage reading, I allow my boy to choose books from the school book fair and he picks Captain Underpants and Spongebob Square Pants. The words in these books are slang (am I sounding old yet) and the concepts are bizarre.
I am very careful not to force my child to be a certain person that he isn't. I don't want to insist he chooses books that I like; I want him to find his interests (underpants?) in stories that appeal him. Of course, we read many old classics and a ton of Dr. Seuss. Part of the wonder of being a kid is the silly fantasy of reading and encouraging them to use their imagination.
I'm the first to admit that reading takes up a very small percent of my time these days. Sure I read emails, articles, blogs and text messages.
Instead of resisting the reality that reading is evolving, I'm hoping I can continue to read my family good stories. What were your favorite books as a kid? What books do your kids gravitate towards now?