This is another stereotype that you hear often. The fact however is, kids that read more, and are read to more, are better readers. Gender doesn't matter, it's in the doing, and doing it more, that they get better, and excel.
That's true of most skills, even those we take on to learn as adults, isn't it?
Here's the problem, we have seen many studies where girls are scoring higher in both reading, and writing. One thing researchers point to is that boys are encouraged more in science, math and doing; while girls are encouraged more in seated, quiet, head down, reading and writing.
In the exact same way that we can encourage girls to see the possibilities in math and science, we can catch boys up on, and with reading, by reading. This is something we can control by introducing, and involving students of both genders, to actively do more of - AND it helps even later, if they are already behind. Scores and skills can come up.
Finding a topic, that a child enjoys, or is interested in (works with adults too) and having them read that material, helps build skills. And better skills help broaden the horizon of content too read.
Librarians are an excellent ally here, because you can ask them "hey what do you have on (insert a topic here)" and they light up and say one of two things:
1) let's find out!
2) let me show you!
And reading to our kids is a great way to help build those skills, and that love of a reading adventure. Also modeling the behavior, of letting our kids see us reading, makes a big difference too.
Until next time, take care of you!
Director of Over The Bay Pre-K