Can we talk about approaching free reading

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I'm not bothered by the levels per say, but school send home gold. And I'm not bothered by the label free, I don't really know what it means.

Dd is in Y1 and doing very well. School sent home today (after some nagging via reading record) a happy families book. Dd read it very very easily. Too easily I think. It was a delight to hear her read it, voices, intonation etc.

Relationship with teacher is hostile (a whole other long story) hence wanted to talk here, get reassurance, see how others went though this stage.

So after gold band, it's white and lime? Is this a long or short progression?
I can't find any Biff Chip books on Oxford owl at this level. Do they stop?

thegreylady Fri 01-Mar-13 21:46:37

Thanks smile

thegreylady Fri 01-Mar-13 21:53:20

Interesting-on the chart I have it goes:
pink,red,yellow,blue,green,orange,turqoise,purple,brown,grey,dark blue,dark red.
Stages 9,10 and 11 are all under brown and gold,lime,white don't appear at all!

katrinefonsmark Fri 01-Mar-13 21:56:23

I'm sure I wasn't much more than than an amoebic mass when I was 6. I may not even have been able to read.

Haberdashery Fri 01-Mar-13 22:01:25

>> she isn't allowed to join the group above, Even though a child in the group above has the same book as her just 3 weeks ago.

I'd guess there's something that she's missing there, then. Comprehension? Ability to predict what comes next? Vocab? Fluency/expression when reading aloud? I don't know. Can you ask the teacher?

I have no idea. I'm not a teacher. For DD, the gap between fairly high levels of reading scheme books and really honestly being able to pick most things up and understand them (not just read them) was only filled by just reading lots of different things. The other day I lay on my bed when I was feeling a bit poorly and DD read me an interesting article about gardening from an actual newspaper. It was lovely! Bugger Enid Blyton.

Since your child is a good reader, all you can really do is just make sure she wants to read. You say she likes reading. That's worth a lot more than being in the top group!

mrz Fri 01-Mar-13 22:03:17
Fourkisses Fri 01-Mar-13 22:32:27

Sorry to hijack but can anyone recommend some good chapter books for a 6yo girl who's on purple level? I thought about rainbow fairies hell but she struggled with it. She wants to read by herself at bedtime so it can't be too challenging

simpson Fri 01-Mar-13 22:41:00

My DD likes Topsy and Tim (but they are not chapter books) she also likes the Happy Families series (Mr Creep the Crook etc) chapter book wise she liked Frog and Toad (they are truly fab), Mercy Watson (chapter books about a pig), Horrid Henry, Morris the Cat and she has just started The 3 Little Witches....

A friend has pointed me towards these docs which provide some ideas on comprehension questions you can ask during reading at home - something I was really struggling with (and for which school provide NO support):

www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/nationalstrategy/literacy/download/file/KEY%20QUESTIONS%20for%20AFs1.doc

c99.e2bn.net/e2bn/leas/c99/schools/c97/accounts/pnslit/Homepage%202/Teaching%20&%20Learning/Assessment_folder/documents/Getting_to_grips/Reading/Reading%20AF%20Questions.doc

simpson Fri 01-Mar-13 22:57:26

Very useful thank you. Especially the non fiction ones which DD needs...

Fourkisses Sat 02-Mar-13 08:12:55

Brilliant. Thanks Simpson

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