Reception Reading

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My DTDs are in reception class and turned 5 in March. Both of them started school knowing some letter sounds and have now mastered these and can read all of the 45 words they should know by the end of the year. Both were slow to pick up on blending but DD1 has made some progress while DD2 is struggling to put the words together.

The teacher wants to speak with me and DP as she is concerned about progress. She mentioned this last term and she thought that if DD2 didn't make some progress then she would be referring her for an assessment.

Today she brought home another reading book as she could read the previous one and the book is one that her sister had last week.

The book is ORT Stage 1+ Book Band 1 Pink Letters and Sounds Phase 2. Both DTDs are reading books in the same group so I am confused as to why one would need a special needs assessment.

Can any teachers give me some advice please.

Periwinkle007 Wed 08-May-13 10:50:45

thats a shame about the troublesome tooth fairy. £3 in sainsburys though if you could persuade a grandparent to buy it as a gift perhaps....

off to look up Bake a Wish books now.

Blueberry that looks right up her street and there are 2 stories now on order via London libraries. However, not one library in London has The Troublesome Tooth Fairy which would be great as we are on wobbly tooth no 8

My DD (4.5) loves the Bake a Wish books and can read a whole on in a weekend.

Periwinkle007 Tue 07-May-13 21:39:48

the Winnie chapter books are by a different author so they are a bit different and the humour in them in places is a bit harder for a 5 year old perhaps but my daughter likes them. I agree about the smaller font from old books. I remember liking Gobbolino the Witches Cat but when I looked at my copy I was shocked at the font size!

Worst Witch? erm Dick King Smith? I remember Ramona, used to love them but I think I was a bit older before I discovered them. Magic Faraway Tree? Naughtiest girl in the school? I used to like Mrs Pepperpot but my daughter got bored. She likes Mr Benn.

we got sets of disney fairies early readers and disney princess early readers from TK Maxx. colour pictures in them and obviously familiar characters which helps with the interest level. what else? erm Magic Molly? we haven't read them. Princess Poppy now have some chapter books too, others I can think of Tilly Tiptoes, Mammoth Academy, numerous ones about magic pets etc, there is a series about woodland animals, can't think what it is called, 5 books erm Willow Valley? they are quite nice, Railway Rabbits as well.

some of them might be too easy for her. Claude in the city is fun, supposed to be great for reluctant readers.

my daughter has just really enjoyed Dogbird. short, 4 chapters, 60something pages, pictures and funny story. words not hard but relatively complex sentence structure in places. one of the sainsburys early readers. she is about to start The Troublesome Tooth Fairy.

simpson Tue 07-May-13 21:27:13

Oh and the seriously silly stories (Little Red Riding Wolf etc) are very good, although DD has not read any yet.

simpson Tue 07-May-13 21:25:55

DD also got a really old book from school a few months ago which I then found others in the same series in the library...Amelia Bodelia.

simpson Tue 07-May-13 21:24:27

DD also likes the Happy Families books (Mr Creep the Crook etc) which our local library have.

Peri - I was amazed!! grin

I have non fiction isshoos too.

I have tempted her with Milly Molly but only have large book, think it's a bit heavy. She loved the AA series about the Gaskitt, devoured the lot. But hates HH and RD.

Trouble with a lot of books on the shelf is they were mine and the font 30 years ago was much smaller, and she freaks out at it.

Must try Winnie again, we did picture books a while ago and the chapter books were a step too far. And Naughty little Sister. And Ramona. And Mrs Pepperpot. Oh and Ameila Jane
See you've inspired me already

She has read three rainbow fairies in order (was given box set) and seems bored already thankfully.

So she is dipping in and out of bookshelves if it has a pink cover, she looks at it but currently looking at them suspiciously. Hence me wanting to encourage.

Tonight she read me a Dr Seuss ABC I think, full of made up words which was good as straight after I got her to read the phonics test words from last year grin and she got the strom one wrong, said storm. But all others right!

I will see if our library have any mermaid books to try, thanks for the suggestions

Periwinkle007 Tue 07-May-13 20:57:54

ooh thats great she chose to read a non fiction one Simpson. I remember you saying she didn't like them.

simpson Tue 07-May-13 20:51:23

DD also likes Frog and Toad, any chapter books by Alan Ahlburg (ie The Children Who Smelled a Rat), Horrid Henry, the basic Michael Morpurgo books (Conker), My Naughty Little Sister, Milly Molly Mandy (although she says she is too well behaved!), Flat Stanley, Roald Dahl and the Mercy Watson series.

She hates non fiction with a passion although has just read her first non fiction book (of her own choice!) which was a Great Events book about the Great Fire of London.

DD was on the reading chest but I took her off as she refuses to read anything that isn't a chapter book <<sigh>>

Periwinkle007 Tue 07-May-13 20:28:49

hi yes the Secret Mermaid books were a pack from The Book People - 12 books for £10? http://www.thebookpeople.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/qs_product_tbp?storeId=10001&catalogId=10051&langId=100&productId=371338

they are quite rainbow fairy ish - think it is the same group who have done them. my daughter hasn't read them yet. she is currently enjoying the Winnie the Witch chapter books, the Sainsbury's first readers (that are Corgi pup/corgi first readers) and other first reader type ones. others we have are Magic Toyshop, the Humphrey Hamster ones, Claude in the city, Usborne first reading series one and two ones (stories of Fairies, Princess and the Pea etc)

What sort of books does she like Shattereddreams? My mum used to run the library at her primary school and also kept all of my old books so we have an amazing number ready and waiting for my daughters to read. happy to tell you what we have if it might help.

we have had quite a few jackdaw ones. She liked some and prefers them to some of the other stuff at school but they are so long she complains about not getting time to read her own books. I don't think schools are really geared up for good reception readers.

simpson Tue 07-May-13 16:03:22

Peri recommended them to me.

You can buy them from the book people.

They are called The Secret Mermaid (can't remember how many they are about 8 IIRC). DD loves them and reads them to herself a s well as out loud to me.

Simpson what are these mermaid books please?
Dd is yr1 but currently refusing to read jackdaws 10 and 11 which are being sent home. At age 5 she has little interest in their lengthy topics. Ruddy things have put her off reading, she was choosing and reading a nice variety in Easter holidays. I don't care so much about levels, need to pique her interest again.

unexpectediteminbaggingarea Tue 07-May-13 10:30:35

idbe ds couldn't read a single word or recognise more than one letter when he started reception. We did nothing with him in terms of teaching him to read, except read him a lot of stories, because he enjoyed that. he reads at ort level 8 now. They just get it when they're ready and they all get there in end. we start them way too early here, especially boys imo.

Periwinkle007 Fri 03-May-13 21:20:14

glad the mermaid books are popular Simpson.

Idbeloveandsweetness, don't worry. seriously. He isn't AT school yet. I have another one starting in september, an April born girl so she will be 7 months younger than her sister (who missed being in the previous year by literally hours) She can decode cvc words quite well, if she puts her mind to it she can work out quite long words with simple phonics (we aren't on ai or ou or anything but she can do wh) and she knows quite a few words by sight but she wants to copy her sister and is therefore exposed to it. Once they get to school they will then take them through whatever program they are following. in our case it has been a phonic sound a day I think, they do blending work in class, they gave our reading books as and when the child had mastered enough basics starting with non word discussion books, then simple decoding etc I think. Some children will be further on with their knowledge, some are 51.5 weeks older than others, some will have been at a preschool which did more phonics work than others, some will have parents who have taught them the basics and some won't have a clue (if they even speak English).

The school will make sure everyone knows the phonics, all children even if they could read already, in my daughter's class have gone through all the phonics (although she was given reading books at the level she could read already)

The expected level isn't THAT high to be honest. I think the younger children in the year are only 'expected' to get to level 2 and I am sure your son will be fine. You will honestly be amazed just how quickly he will progress when he is at the right age and in the right situation to do it.

We did a lot of reading with my eldest because she had 6 full terms at preschool and was really desperate to DO something. my youngest wants to do it to be like her sister but she is a lot younger so we do a lot less with her but she is keen so I encourage it.

interestingly out of the kids in my daughter's class, there are a couple of others who couldn't read when they started school but who are now on level 8, some others who could read a bit who are level 6, MANY who are learning English as a second language who are already level 3 or 4 and some others who are not quite there yet.

CrapBag Fri 03-May-13 21:15:13

Idbe my DS is in reception, he knew his letters and stuff before starting but nothing wrt actual reading. Now he is on his second level and I think he needs to be moved up fairly soon. He just picked it up really quickly. I have been amazed when he reads words and not always sounding them out now. I wouldn't worry about it at all tbh.

These threads worry me!
This will be ds in a year (starting in September as a summer born boy). At the moment he can decode cvc words to blend but he is miles off reading books. He knows only a handful of hfw. How on earth will he be at the expected level in a year?!
Everyone says dont worry about them knowing letter sounds and being able to read before reception but if they start with nothing then how on earth can they reach the expected level?

simpson Fri 03-May-13 20:21:14

I shouldn't really moan about the pants books as overall they have been pretty good. She was getting 3 books a week and at least one of them was a chapter book so as you say peri she had no time to read what she wanted to.

This way we race through her school book in 10 mins and duly fill in reading diary and she has loads of time to read books she enjoys.

Btw those mermaid books you recommended are a massive hit, I think she has read the first 4.

Periwinkle007 Fri 03-May-13 20:16:53

yes I am not sure ours like them off scheme before Yr 2/3 either which is all well and good if they can provide suitable books. I think that we will be cutting down how much she reads the school ones now as the jackdaw ones are so long that with 3 of them a week she is struggling to fit in any of her own books which worries me as those are the ones she WANTS to read so I think we may cut down to doing x number of pages of a school book x number of times a week and then she can just read her own ones.

mrz Fri 03-May-13 16:22:21

Personally I'm not a fan of RWI but think the Dandelion books are great and their Magic Belt, Alba, Talisman and Totem books are definitely not read in five mins and forgotten.

mrz Fri 03-May-13 16:10:38

"*The new ORT books are decodable.*" no they aren't. The new Floppy's Phonics are decodable but ORT aren't!

NotWilliamBoyd Fri 03-May-13 14:10:30

Eahpeachpear - sorry but my DC would have found that approach absolutely deathly!

simpson Fri 03-May-13 14:03:41

Ours stops at 11 too but they don't like kids free reading till yr3.

Oh we'll, will see what happens!! grin

Periwinkle007 Fri 03-May-13 12:33:09

oh dear. I think my daughter's school stops at 11 anyway so beyond that is just choose from the library. not sure how that works with the littler ones.

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