Hi all, Last night I had my first ever meeting with an 11 year old boy I am going to be 'befriending' through a well known charity's befriending scheme. Speaking to his carers and the Educational Psychologist, one thing I can really help this wee boy out with is his reading. He currently reads at about the level of a 7 year old, and as he is starting secondary school next year, they are keen to get him more interested in reading. Apparently he quite likes anything practical, or that involves wildlife.
I have very little (to be honest, no) experience working with Children, but I really want to do right by him and help him out.
Does anyone have any advice, or suggestions for a good series of books that might spark his interest - or any techniques to hold his attention?
I have a daughter in the same school year and she loves joke books and factual books like Ripleys Believe it or Not and The Guiness Book of Records. There is a computer games version of the latter which we also enjoy.
Many fiction books that 7 year olds like will not be suitable content wise for an 11 year old as they will come across as too babyish. You can find lower reading age books with a more grown up theme if you do some googling.