What concerns me is that he excludes any other type of story at the expense of only superheroes. He doesn’t even go for Lightening McQueen stories any more. If I insist and read him a traditional children’s story, he accepts it and then does get into the story, even if he’s heard it before. But his impulse is superheroes.
I have a friend who claims he learned to read as a child strictly on comic books. I tend to believe him actually, and he didn’t turn out too bad in life, though I bet other than the newspaper and for his work he doesn't read much as an adult. So I’m probably making too much of it. I don't expect Matthew to be reading Shakespeare and the high literature I read, at least not yet. :-P It’s probably another one of these phases, though this one seems to be lasting longer than the others.
I came across this Eyes On Heaven blog by an Ellen Mady who seems to be a homeschooler and has a post titled, “11 Ways to Make Reading Fun for Your Kids.” The advice is for kids a bit older who can read on their own, but it strikes me as being very good ideas. Go over and read all eleven, but the ones that strikes me as must do are (1) Designate a special location for reading, (4) Set reading challenges and rewards, (5) Organize activities that relate to the story or theme from the book you’re reading together, and (7) Keep a yearly reading chart.
Anyone consider Ellen’s other ideas particularly noteworthy? Do you have any other ideas? Should I be worried about Matthew and his superhero indulgence?