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This is probably one of those things that will resolve itself - lots of things seem to in young children. I didn't talk at all (other than single words) until I was 2.5. I was dragged off to various specialists, had hearing tested etc. And then, one day, totally out of the blue, I just came out with a paragraph, and haven't stopped talking since.
I would talk to the teacher, tell them that you are not going to force him to read at home and that you are happy for him to progress at his own level. That you will do what you can to encourage him, but that there won't be any pressure to read at home.
Talk to DS, tell him that you understand that reading is hard when you are learning - but as he knows, it's great to be able to read a story, but that you will do that until he's a 'Big Boy' and wants to be able to do it himself - then you will help him to learn how to do it. Make it seem like a fun 'Big Boy' thing to do.
Keep reading to him as much as he wants/you can manage - having a love of books and an appreciation for them is more important. Reading will come.
In the meantime find any 'fun' ways you can, to do what you can - my friends DS LOVES flashcards of any kind, he loves to guess what the next one is, sort them into types, sort animals from cars and will play for ages with them, he's learning to recognise words and sounds etc from them. OK it's not ideal - but it's better than putting them off reading for life and once he wants to learn, he'll come on quickly.
My 5 year old is v similar and in year one. But recently, he's finding it a bit easier, he's taking pride in being able to read a bit to his brothers for the first time, and the low-key group work is finally paying off. I live in hope...!
i should chill out, yes... his eyes are fine, he had an eye check a year ago, and he loves drawing. He is just not ready and the education system says he should be! I know he'll be fine, but all they emphasise at school is levels now...
He loves books and being read too, his favourite author is Roald Dahl and I think he has a great attention span and comprehension, but he hates doing homework and says that learning to read "takes too long". My instinct tells me that he will love reading in the future and he'll be fine, but he is just not ready. There are some children in his class who are fluent readers, girls mainly, and he thinks he's just not as good as them. He loves spending hours drawing and making up stories. The problem is that he has homework everyday, and it's hard to make him do it, it doesn't feel right to force him... Anyone else with experience here?