Reading record comments

(21 Posts)
redskyatnight Thu 07-Oct-10 09:44:28

DS is in Y2, which means I?ve had 2 years of writing ?DS enjoyed this story but struggled with the longer words? type comments in his reading record book.
DD has now started Reception and I am now faced with the utter tedium of writing 2 lots of comments, whilst being fairly sure that no one at school actually reads them.

So, I am thinking that I might deviate from my usual bland style.

DD?s last book was called ?Where?s my ball?? and went as follows (/ indicates new page):
Where?s my ball? / Is it here? / No it is not / Is it here? / No it is not / Is it here? / No it is not / Is it here? / Yes it is.

My usual comment would be along the lines of ?DD tried hard to follow the text as we read it. She was able to remember the repeated phrases.? But ?. I would much rather write ?DD found this book unutterably dull and thought it should have flaps she could open to look for the ball. She was also somewhat bemused as to why the ball was eventually discovered to have been made into a puppet? [apologies if I have spoilt the ending of this reading book epic for you]

DS?s latest book is a 40 page fantasy story featuring an owl and a unicorn. My usual comment would be ?DS read this story with good fluency and understanding. We are working on using more expression while he reads?, which is what I write nearly every day. Would it not be more interesting to write: ?DS read this story over 3 evenings. He would have read it much more quickly, had he not spent so much time doing owl impressions and thinking of rude spells for the unicorn to cast?.

So ? would I BU to relieve my tedium by including my ?more interesting? style comments? Or am I being too flippant about recording my DC?s reading progress? And, on the off chance that the teacher actually reads any of these comments, will she think I am a total loon?

wasuup3000 Thu 07-Oct-10 09:47:26

I just write read and sign - fourth child...

SheWillBeLoved Thu 07-Oct-10 09:48:51

grin I'm sure it'd give her a much needed laugh. I know if I were the teacher I'd appreciate something other than "Lili Mai Miley Montanna Smith found this book to be quite challenging at times and struggled with some of the larger words."

ConnorTraceptive Thu 07-Oct-10 09:51:54

I don't comment unless there is anything specific to comment on such DS now recognises 'ay' diagraph with ease or ds is struggling with blah blah blah.

Although the other day DH did the reading and DS mange to convince him that he didn't have to read the book just talk about the pictures so I did comment on DH being a gullible plank!

JoBettany Thu 07-Oct-10 09:52:46

I think the teacher would enjoy it. It would brighten up my day!

Galena Thu 07-Oct-10 09:57:24

As a teacher I'd have enjoyed it - and it shows comprehension of the story and ability to discuss the characters in depth.

bumpybecky Thu 07-Oct-10 09:59:16

I just sign it. Have they specifically asked for comments?

in our school the books are changed by parent helpers (who would probably think you were barking for writing all of that!) so the teacher wouldn't see the comment anyway

TurkishChips Thu 07-Oct-10 10:02:03

DD refuses to let me write comments now, after I wrote 'this book is so mind numbingly boring I am surprised she hasn't fallen asleep'. It got her into trouble it did! We also went through a phase of trying to base our comments around songs from musicals - I know, we need to get out more - e.g she adored this book, it was 'supercalifragilisticexpialidocious'. I suppose it might explain why the teachers run the other way when they see me coming!

fedupofnamechanging Thu 07-Oct-10 10:02:54

I just write the page read to, and some comment like 'well done' unless I have something specific to say.

Your commemts made me laugh, so unless you have some miserable moo of a teacher, I would imagine they'd appreciate your honesty.

treas Thu 07-Oct-10 10:03:29

Go for it redsky - I found it very therapeutic when I offloaded about my hatred of Unicorn books and how poorly written they were. My dd's teacher was in complete agreement with me as it turned out from the comments she wrote back.grin

Glitterknickaz Thu 07-Oct-10 10:04:30

I put the same comment every week, twice a week, x 2. Tedium unconfined.
Would love to put something sarky.

blijemuts Thu 07-Oct-10 10:09:10

Just do it,I always have done for the last decade and one of my Dc's teachers whispered to me once "just love your comments in the kids reading records always curious to see what little gem you've come up with now such a nice break from the dull predictable ones.. smile"

AngryPixie Thu 07-Oct-10 10:11:54

I'm a teacher, I always read the reading record, and write back! Your comments would have made me laugh like a drain grin However I would never send home a book like the ball one {yawn}

Bramshott Thu 07-Oct-10 10:13:51

Since Y1 I have just been writing "read to end p.X" or "finished book" blush

TheFlabHasGotttaGo Thu 07-Oct-10 10:17:21

I often write something flippant. Gentle, appropriate but not always totally serious.

bumpypaws Thu 07-Oct-10 10:29:47

As a teacher I would appreciate this! Although, by Y2 we are expecting the children to be attempting to write at least one of their comments a week themselves. We also give a list of 'sentence starters' to give them ideas of what to write.
By Y6 though, when some of them write you a whole page peppered with questions all the way through for you to answer, you start to regret encouraging them!

ConnorTraceptive Thu 07-Oct-10 11:14:35

I would write "By the end of the book we didn't really care where the ball was and we do hope that a sequel hasn't been written"

kreecherlivesupstairs Thu 07-Oct-10 11:23:56

DNBU. I used to write similar stuff. I just about lost the will to live when DD brought home endless 'X the whatever fairy' book and wrote this in my comments. Again, the teacher agreed with me.
Maybe I have a future as a literary critic?

escapologist Thu 07-Oct-10 11:29:28

I put my initials in the comments box and nothing more. At the start of the year I tried making him write his own comments in the (tiny) box in the reading record, but he got told off for doing that. Apparently, the box is for my comments only. We're at year 6 now, somehow I'd've thought his comments were of more interest to the teachers than mine!

notso Thu 07-Oct-10 11:38:21

YANBU I hate thinking of comments, last week I put that DD did really good dog voices, and she went mad as her teacher made her do them for group reading grin

SeaTrek Thu 07-Oct-10 12:12:42

YANBU - I have been known to write stuff like that!

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