Is There an App for DEAR?

Help, Z’s Reading Pace is Slowing Down! If you have suggestions, please give them to me.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed that Z is not reading as much as he used to.
He seems distracted by a number of things, including girls, technology (When will that iphone break?), and more girls. I wonder if it also has something to do with going to bed later than he did last year. I’m convinced it does. When he went to bed early, he had time to lie down and read. Now that he goes to bed later, he tends to just go to sleep. He’s been reading After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson, but he’s not putting as much time into reading the way he used too.

Even the time he reads at school has diminished. Last year he had to take out a book during class if there was a free moment. This year it seems he socializes during free moments.

I came home with an arm load of books that I hope he’ll pick up:

Yummy, a graphic novel by G. Neri

Something Like Hope by Shawn Goodman

The new one by Walter Dean Myers and Ross Workman, Kick,

and I even went Bluford on him with To Be a Man by Anne E.Schraff (Bluford is known for high interest urban themes.)

Hopefully something will get him out of this “final weeks of eighth grade reading slump”.

I think it’s time for me to reinstate DEAR (Drop Everything and READ); in the past, this has helped him carve time out for reading.