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Should I just give up with reading schemes?

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20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Sun 07-Jan-18 23:24:13

Im struggling to find sets over level 10. He has a couple, B,C&K and alien adventure, and he's on around 13. All the rest seem not come in sets so super expensive, trust me I've been looking. Should I just give up on them now and just let him read his jr novels or is there anything important about the later levels?

BackforGood Sun 07-Jan-18 23:41:23

I'm confused.
Are you home schooling ?
Why would you be buying reading schemes ?

SparkleFizz Sun 07-Jan-18 23:52:20

Have you tried looking in your local library?

Our local libraries stock reading scheme books, if yours does it would save you the cost of buying them.

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Sun 07-Jan-18 23:58:44

Our library is extremely rundown and keeps threatening to close. If there are any level appropriate books it would only be a couple old ones. Not worth fighting over

Ginmummy1 Mon 08-Jan-18 11:42:39

Is your child in school? What books are the school providing?

By level 10 (assuming that’s around the white level shown here I wouldn’t worry about supplementing school books with perfectly aligned levelled books at home, and just go for whatever your child enjoys, and try to encourage a range of styles. If your local library is not great, can you get to a bigger library a bit further away? In a public library there may be different colour bands corresponding with different levels in a range of schemes, but you can just glance in the books to check that they’re about right.

joosiewoosie Mon 08-Jan-18 11:51:08

How about the Project x series? You can sometimes get on book people for about £30.

Ginmummy1 Mon 08-Jan-18 12:08:44

I think the alien adventure series the OP mentioned is a Project X series.

bearstrikesback Mon 08-Jan-18 13:45:30

Time Chronicles and the Myths and Legends sets - both ORT.

bearstrikesback Mon 08-Jan-18 13:46:43

Both available from the Book People too. Chucklers from ORT are great too - also from the Book people.

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Mon 08-Jan-18 18:44:27

@Ginmummy1 Not yet and his level 10s are brown and he also reads some grey. Those colours aren't on that chart so I'm not sure if there are just different colours/levels for Oxford reading tree?

tshirtsuntan Mon 08-Jan-18 18:52:54

Grey/silver level applies to books like the diary of a wimpy kid series, also captain underpants series. Can be bought in sets quite cheaply from asda/book people. Maybe try him on those if you think he'd enjoy them?

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Mon 08-Jan-18 20:17:02

But they aren't actually part of it are they?

BSJohnson Mon 08-Jan-18 20:22:47

Use the reading chest that a pp linked to above. You can choose the sets you want. It's brilliant.

FabulouslyGlamorousFerret Mon 08-Jan-18 20:25:17

How old is he?

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Mon 08-Jan-18 21:40:21

@BSJohnson it doesn't go up high enough

BackforGood Mon 08-Jan-18 22:22:47

Is there a reason you won't answer peoples questions, so they can offer their advice ?

Kokeshi123 Mon 08-Jan-18 23:41:21

I would have thought that he would be more or less at the free-reader stage by now? I would just move on to real books. You can help out with the odd difficult word as and when needed.

How about looking in charity shops if your library choices are not great?

BertrandRussell Mon 08-Jan-18 23:42:34

Are you home schooling?

RunRivers Mon 08-Jan-18 23:43:44

Look up oxford owl. If you sig up (free) you can read lots of their books online for free. Can't remember how high it goes.

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Tue 09-Jan-18 00:08:09

@Kokeshi123 thats what I was thinking. I just feel a bit guilty in case him not reading all of the levels means he misses something?

BertrandRussell Tue 09-Jan-18 00:09:37

Nobody can answer this if you don’t say the educational contex we’re talking about.

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Tue 09-Jan-18 00:32:07

@RunRivers oh I didn't know that. I'll check it out, thanks!

20PoundsOfCrazyInA5PoundBag Tue 09-Jan-18 00:32:39

@BertrandRussell what do you mean?

SimultaneousEquation Tue 09-Jan-18 13:15:16

Horrid Henry are grey at my dc’s school. You can get a pack of 30 from book people for about a tenner. Book people is very good for packs of intermediate books - harder than reading scheme books and easier than generic free-readers.

Ginmummy1 Tue 09-Jan-18 13:46:12

I think BertrandRussell (and others, including me!) wants to understand why a parent whose child is at level 13 is so keen to buy scheme books.

Is he in school or is he home schooled?

How old is he?

If he is at school, is he being provided with some books that are appropriate for his reading stage? Are they scheme books or ‘normal’ books that the school have chosen? Or does he choose his own books in school? What does the school say about his reading?

Scheme books are expensive. Not all schools even bother with official scheme books after Lime, or have a limited range. By that stage most children would be happy choosing their own books that aren’t part of any scheme, and many schools would encourage this.

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