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At what age did your child start to read fluently?

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KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:37:01

On their own.

And how much extra help did you yourself give them to learn.

And did it just seem to "click"

PhantomOfTheChocolateCakeAvena Thu 06-Nov-08 23:38:03

Do you really want to know?

KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:39:14

avena - it's ME.

PhantomOfTheChocolateCakeAvena Thu 06-Nov-08 23:40:04

Yeah, I know. I don't want to get slated. Is it safe to come out?

BoccaDellaVerita Thu 06-Nov-08 23:40:47

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PhantomOfTheChocolateCakeAvena Thu 06-Nov-08 23:41:05

I don't mean slated by you wink

KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:41:27

avena I'm not going to beg fgs.

KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:42:24

I just don't want to compare ds2 to ds1. ds2 is turning out to be very bright himself but he was hampered by his deafness, talking late, etc. So I'm just trying to get a feel of what is average age.

LynetteScavo Thu 06-Nov-08 23:42:31

Avena's DS was 2, KerryMum.

DS1 was 5 no extra help to learn. Reading came naturally to him.

Personally I was 9 - with quite a bit of help from my mum. Why do you ask?

KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:42:45

who is Jeremy Strong?

KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:43:20

x-post lynette

PhantomOfTheChocolateCakeAvena Thu 06-Nov-08 23:44:32

ds was 3 and a half. I taught him 2 or 3 words and he started reading Mr Men books without any help. Three weeks later he could read in his head. I used to read to him when he was a baby, he had a bus for his first birthday from my friend which had letters and numbers on it (you press them and they make the sound), he knew them all before he was 14 months.

I'm deleting this in a bit.

KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:45:29

fgs avena don't be daft

frogs Thu 06-Nov-08 23:45:52

Dd1 started reading chapter books (Mr Majeika etc) by herself around the time she turned 5 (but that was freakishly early). Ds got to the same point around the time he turned 6, which still made him one of the best readers in the class. He came up to me with an air of one who has made a great discovery, saying, "Mummy, if I look at the pictures I get part of the story, but if I read the words, I get the whole story!" He was so pleased, bless him.

DD2 I think will be somewhere in between.

LurkerOfTheUniverse Thu 06-Nov-08 23:46:01

5, all down to school really, didn't push her before then

frogs Thu 06-Nov-08 23:46:42

Oh good, my dc are not the freakish-est. smile

BoccaDellaVerita Thu 06-Nov-08 23:47:23

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KerryMum Thu 06-Nov-08 23:48:51

ds2 just turned 6 2 weeks ago. And all of the sudden he just started reading fluently. It was weird. He read me Horrid Henry tonight with no problems. Teacher had mentioned ot me that he was the best reader she had ever taught but I didn't really take much notice because ds1 read so early. And the only thing I ever did with either of them was read them a story every night at bedtime.

smartiejake Thu 06-Nov-08 23:49:00

DD 1 was 5.5 (She read the worst witch)and could read Harry potter at 7.

DD2 was 7 when she could read chapter books indpendently but actually now, some 3 years later, DD2s literacy is easily the same if not slightly above what dd1's was at the same age.

PhantomOfTheChocolateCakeAvena Thu 06-Nov-08 23:50:36

Thanks frogs. I hate to think I'm boasting. We get through alot of books. sad

BreevandercampLGJ Thu 06-Nov-08 23:57:04

We both read, all the time.

I read trade journals on the loo blush

DH reads golf mags and does Suduko and crosswords on the loo.

DS started looking at trade mags and golf mags before he could read (about age 4), I asked him why he wanted our books and he said they are hard and you can read.

In hindsight, he was trying to push himself.

He now has a reading age of 10.5 and he is only 7.

NotanOtterOHappyDay Fri 07-Nov-08 00:14:13

this reading age thing is ridiculous

all my dcs reading age is about 27 years beyond what is possible
i dont kknow anyone with a mainstream dc with a reading age equal to their own

ds is 5.9 and has clicked recently

ds3 read harry potters at 6 - now good but not startling linguist

ds1 much slower and now hotshot at 16

christywhisty Fri 07-Nov-08 00:17:57

DS clicked at 7 but has only just started reading novels at 13.

DD never clicked just absorbed reading at 4.

KerryMum Fri 07-Nov-08 08:13:17

so 6ish pretty average?

Litchick Fri 07-Nov-08 10:06:57

There is massive variety.
I have twins. Once taught themself to read around 4, the other needed help and got it arpund 6.
It is now clear to me a few years later that the latter is brighter.

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