Thanks to both of you for this discussion. I'm learning a lot just by reading your posts. My son just finished Barton level 3, so we're trying to decide what to do next. DS8 really wants to try reading books, so I've been letting him. However, I'm worried that he might switch back to guessing, rather than reading, as he used to do before we started using Barton. He becomes so engaged with any story that he really wants to get to the end. I think his habit of reading too quickly is also from a habit that he's built through years of frustration with reading (before Barton) and wanting to "just be done" with reading. Let me know if either of you have any advice for me.
OneStepAtATime, was there a point when your kids began to want to read?
Yes they did start to want to read. They went from hating reading and struggling every minute to decode to reading pretty smoothly and not balking at reading and choosing to read. They do not read as much as I do, though, and probably never will.
DD was in 7th grade and halfway through Level 3 when she finally read a chapter book on her own for fun. She got a full length novel (recommended here on the LC board) for Christmas and happily sat in a chair reading the book. She was able to decode enough words with fluency to enjoy reading the book and continued the series. Now, she reads for pleasure upon occasion and reads for things she is interested in (fact based material or skills acquisition or certain book series she has interest in). She is not a voracious reader but she enjoys reading for pleasure periodically and more importantly now she CAN read and read independently as she needs to/chooses to. Barton made a world of difference.
DS mainly reads for information in areas of interest. He will read voraciously when doing research on something. Pleasure reading on his own for fiction stuff? Not nearly as much. He will sometimes listen to audio books for pleasure.
But both have vision issues that cause reading fatigue, especially DS. The decoding/fluency issues have been pretty much taken care of by Barton. However, they still read more slowly than I do. It is more effort for them. They read well. They just get fatigued. (I started reading early and easily. It was never a challenge for me and I would read for hours when I was their age so my experience was very different from theirs.)
What I had to accept was that they will probably never get the same level of enjoyment from reading for pleasure as I do. Whether that is because we started Barton so late or vision issues just make it hard enough that they don't have the same level of pleasure as I get or even with remediation the effort they have to put in makes it less fun or maybe they never would have had as much interest in reading because that is not part of their make-up would be hard to determine at this point. They read. They read well. Whether they choose to pick up a book every time they have a spare moment or not is irrelevant to me at this point. I'm just happy they have this skill set and use it, in whatever capacity they choose to.