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Reading with my Y1

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Morebiscuitsplease Tue 01-Oct-13 18:49:10

My DD2 is very tired at the moment. Her teacher did say she is working them hard. So much so I am finding it difficult to read with her in the evening. She has bedtime stories but am very reluctant to read with her when she is tired as it is hard work and not enjoyable. Mornings we seem to have little time. Last year I read with a Y1 pupil and have asked to do the same this year with her. Reading as soon As she gets to school after the walk to school will mean she is fresh and ready to go. As this will be the only time she reads individually I feel I have no choice as at school they only read in a group. How do other parents manage. I strongly believe that regular individual reading practice is essential to learn to read well.

Morebiscuitsplease Wed 02-Oct-13 22:28:00

ShoeWhore I find that she is quite wired in the evenings and whilst in bed is not going to sleep...had this when she started school. Some mornings she has not got up till late and frankly there is not a lot of time....
Immediately after school is not good as she wants to play and as they have very little play in Y1 I feel she needs that. Also she does have activities twice a week....
I know the importance of reading regularly, it would help if they did listen to them read individually at school.

Periwinkle007 Wed 02-Oct-13 22:41:24

I am still surprised they don't listen to them.

Beauchamp Thu 03-Oct-13 08:47:35

How does it work teaching a child to read in the car? How can you follow the text and help if you are behind the wheel?

Beauchamp Thu 03-Oct-13 08:57:59

I helped in school for a 4 years, mostly in years 1 &2.
You could see the difference between the children who read most nights and the children whose diaries were marked infrequently.

Even if your child is read with in school, it won't be very much. probably max 10 mins a week and more likely to be just 5 mind per week.
More able readers tend to get less help at school - so maybe 5 mins per month.

Although Beauchamp clearly you can't tell cause and effect from your observation. Both dd1&2 have struggled with reading and have gone through phases where they refuse to read at home because they found it too hard after a day at school. It has taken them a lot of mental energy to learn to read. Even now with dd2 I will have to nag her no end to read. The parent volunteers/staff were v supportive and we have edged them along through reading levels.

Ds is only just 4, reading comes really easily to him, he can blend long words, he remembers red words easily and although their phonics only covers basic sounds he has now learnt through reading more complex phenomes such as ng, sh, ch, th, ing etc. He brings reading books home from nursery and he always reads two or three books every day from there, then starts on our own mini library of reading books. He has been known to read 5 books in an afternoon. In one week he will easily read 10-20 books (red/yellow)- that would be about half a term's worth for the girls. When he does read he reads enthusiastically and without studying cobwebs on the ceiling. Clearly his reading is progressing much faster and his reading record is already filling up. The difference is he begs to read and then wants to read more.

It is not always due to not having the opportunity to read at home, some children love reading and want to get there faster than others. Thankfully dd1 is fairly fluent now and enjoys it. Hopefully parent volunteers haven't judged us too harshly for not filling the girl's records every night, they will maybe never need to read with ds.

SizzleSazz Thu 03-Oct-13 09:57:21

Beauchamp - I said getting to school early and finishing it in the car, meaning when you are parked up and waiting for the doors to open.

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