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?

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

Brilliant. Thanks Simpson

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

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

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 22:41:00

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....

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

mrz Fri 01-Mar-13 22:03:17
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!

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.

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!

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

Thanks smile

She loves reading. And yes she is doing well. But that's all her own steam, so I sort of wonder what else is achievable.

Teacher choice to send home gold then purple. In guided reading she has to do orange and just recently turquoise. Her group expands from bottom up but 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'm not happy with their methods of madness. Just wondering if anyone else has similar scenario which would normalise them or whether they are actually mad.

sittinginthesun Fri 01-Mar-13 21:34:15

Thanks. smile

mrz Fri 01-Mar-13 21:27:43

white /lime

sittinginthesun Fri 01-Mar-13 21:20:26

Mrz - any idea what Ginn level 8 pocket books are?

Haberdashery Fri 01-Mar-13 21:17:20

DD (also Y1) has been off reading scheme books for some time. She brings home age appropriate 'real' books now. She rarely reads with an adult at school any more, apart from guided reading, as (quite reasonably) their limited time to hear readers is MUCH better spent on those who cannot yet read fluently.

Your DD is doing well for her age/year group. I wouldn't worry about it, honestly. If I were you, I'd try to get her as much appropriate and interesting reading material as you possibly can and let her get on with it. It doesn't matter if she occasionally gets an easyish book home from school as long as she doesn't mind.

simpson Fri 01-Mar-13 21:14:48

Thegreylady - gold is stage 9, white is 10 and lime is 11...

mrz Fri 01-Mar-13 21:14:42

The colour bands are
pink
red
yellow
blue
green
orange
turquoise
purple
gold
white
lime
brown
grey
dark blue
dark red

thegreylady Fri 01-Mar-13 21:09:11

I was just looking at the ORT levels and the colours seem to stop at a dark red with an age of 10/11 where are gold and white please?
my dgs is 6,in Yr1 and reading turqoise with some purple which seems ok for his age.He will 'free read' age appropriate books at home though he prefers non-fiction.

sittinginthesun Fri 01-Mar-13 20:58:04

Actually, reading again - what Seeker said. Is she enjoying reading?

simpson Fri 01-Mar-13 20:55:01

Are you sure she is not heard more often but it's not recorded iyswim??

The variation in colour band...does your DD choose her own school book? (although IMO they should be banded all gold together, all purple together etc) or is one fiction and another non fiction??

DD reads at a lower level for non fiction as it depends on the individual book, anything from stage 7-11...

sittinginthesun Fri 01-Mar-13 20:54:24

My DS2 is in year 1. Just moved up to Ginn Reading 360 level 8 (no idea what colour band, but 7 chapters, 40 odd pages long etc).

He does guided reading weekly, but probably only heard by teacher twice a term - but I have v. good relationship with teacher. I listen to him read, note in his reading record when I think he needs listening to, and it is always acted on.

I was just saying to the teacher earlier that I like the scheme books for infants. We have a fabulous library, but there are only so many books an infant child wants to read. I like the Ginn books - they are good little stories, a good length etc.

Of course, we also have Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, Beast Quest etc, but I think the structure of the scheme is good, until the child shows an inclination to move on naturally to free reading.

seeker Fri 01-Mar-13 20:31:26

Is she enjoying reading? Are you reading to her lots? Are the books she's getting from school roughly the right level for her?

If so, then don't worry- she's doing fine.

So brain picking again.
Managed to get few minutes with teacher. Are the following acceptable?

Reading 1-2-1 twice a term with an adult
Reading a gold band More Robins book then being given a Purple band Magpies book?

simpson Thu 28-Feb-13 16:24:51

I guess they must. DD's weakness is definately non fiction. Using the glossary (which she is fine with) , contents page and index etc...and retrieving information on "why" type questions (her weakness).

Pastsell
That's excellent advice and just what I was after.
Thank you

Re Enid Blyton, yes it is so hard to read aloud, we do Ameila Jane but there are so many character voices to do! I want her to read it herself and understand it so we can pretend to talk like a 1950's family!

I think that I have the fiction sussed.

I have very little non fiction in the house. Do books like cook books count ?

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