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How often does your child read to the teacher?

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pippi123 Mon 16-May-05 20:14:56

According to her reading record DD (6) has not read to her teacher since the end of Feb. She has read every day to classroom assistant or other helpers. I am going to ask teacher about this but I wondered if anyone else has this problem, or if it is a problem. DD is a very good reader but I am starting to worry that she is not getting proper attention from teacher. At parents evening she was very pleased with DD's progress and I am sure that she reads other things to her during the course of the day (well I hope so anyway!!)

flashingnose Mon 16-May-05 20:17:16

Only once a week to teacher, teaching assistant or parent. Not really enough IMO. Ds is 6 as well.

Fimbo Mon 16-May-05 20:22:44

My dd's teacher heard her on Friday for the first time in months (think it was probably for SATS) but usually only reads once a week to a parent helper or a dinner lady who occasionally helps in the classroom. Either dh or I read with her every night as I don't feel the school is doing enough. They were doing "group reading" but that seems to have fallen by the wayside atm.

sobernow Mon 16-May-05 20:31:10

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elastamum Mon 16-May-05 20:33:14

Our DS1 is in Yr1 does 1:1 reading every day, and we get the book and a reading record sent home 4 nights a weekto read a bit more and send back.

KBear Mon 16-May-05 20:39:46

My DD is year one and probably reads to the teacher or classroom assistant once a fortnight according to her record. She reads to me every night, a whole book, so I'm not worried. I wonder though, can a teacher reasonably be expected to listen to every child read individually in a class of 30 though? They do group reading every day as part of the National Curriculum though don't they? And does it matter who listens as long as someone does?

KBear Mon 16-May-05 20:40:33

Ooh, just re-read that - I'm not arguing with you, don't mean to sound like you shouldn't question this....

Enid Mon 16-May-05 20:43:16

dd1 is reception and reads to the classroom asst every day and has a book every night. I think she gets the teacher very rarely although she 'reads out' (to the whole class inc teacher) every couple of weeks.

charliecat Mon 16-May-05 20:44:43

Only ever a few nights before parents evening The TAs read with her every 2nd day. Shes upstairs just starting on the 2nd Harry Potter Book and in year 2. I guess the ones that cant read as well get more imput from the teacher. Isnt that always the way?

coppertop Mon 16-May-05 20:48:53

In ds1's class the children usually read to an adult once a week (either the teacher, the teaching assistant or the LSA). They used to get one book a week. Lately this has dropped and sometimes he will only get one book every few weeks. I'm not too concerned about this as he is still doing a lot of different reading work at school and often surprises me by being able to spell words that I didn't realise he even knew. When he doesn't get a new book we just read library books or his magazines/comics. He is in Reception. HTH

pippi123 Mon 16-May-05 20:50:07

Kbear I agree with you that it would be impossible for teacher to hear all 30 children every week - I did think she would listen a little more often than this though. Mind you from these replies it seems that this is not too unusual.

Hermione1 Mon 16-May-05 20:50:20

my dd used to get read with everyday, but now she's got anew teacher its afew times a week.Shes on level 7 on the oxford reading tree. year one.

swedishmum Mon 16-May-05 20:52:31

Don't think dd1 read to an adult at school at all in the last year or so (now y6). It seems that once they are fluent, the others become a priority. Also group reading not done too often and not all of her group, though top in school, are particularly fluent. Big gripe - apparently good teaching can close gap between weakest and most able. Probably because most able are very rarely given appropriate work for much of the day. Me and my soap box!

jasper Mon 16-May-05 21:20:21

Does it matter?
Can she read to you?

roisin Mon 16-May-05 21:28:52

I honestly don't think it's important. As long as you are listening to her read and encouraging her, and as long as she has access to good books to read it's not a problem.

In yr1 ds1 had his book changed 2 or 3 times a week, read to 'an adult' in school about 3 times a month, and read to his teacher about once a term.

Ds2 on the other hand gets his book changed every day, reads to 'an adult' in school about 3 times a week, and reads to his teacher once every week.

The difference between them in their reading ability? reading age? enthusiasm for reading? rate of improvement?
... zero, or very close to zero

bigdonna Mon 16-May-05 23:11:39

in dd yr1 clas they read once a week to an adult and she brings home 2 books a week she is on stage 9.we read at home the schools cannot teach 30 children to read.even though i would like her to read at school more as teacher does not seem to know how well she can read.

singersgirl Mon 16-May-05 23:16:32

DS1 (now in Y2) in Reception read to teacher twice a week with 2 new books; in Y1 read to teacher twice a week and to parent helper twice a week with a new book all 5 days; and in Y2 at a different school reads in Guided Reading sessions to the teacher once a week, but never an 'independent' reading book. My only gripe with this is that the guided reading material even for the top readers is not really stretching in terms of vocab or comprehension, and the teacher never listens to them read at their real level. But, as Roisin says, if they are reading at home and you are listening and encouraging them, it should be enough. I certainly feel in this school that once they can read their independent reading choices aren't sufficiently monitored, and the selection of 'chapter books' is badly thought through and out of date. DS1 now takes his own book in for private reading times (currently "Order of the Phoenix" - he only has 600 pages to go! )

swedishmum Tue 17-May-05 08:04:07

Jasper, it does matter to her. I tell her that the teachers probably realise she reads at home, and that they hear her read in other contexts throughout the week. She just perceives that she gets less attention than others and feels it is unfair.

lockets Tue 17-May-05 08:37:51

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SleepyJess Tue 17-May-05 09:20:57

DD in Y1, once a week (almost daily with us though). DS (YR), about every other day I think.. and daily with us (although with him it's not 'reading'.. he's in mainstream so gets a reading book with the others.. but has special needs which mean he can't read.. but he LOVES books and they really encourage him!)

SJ x (They are in different schools though... both good)

bev1e Tue 17-May-05 11:25:02

DS in year 2 read with his teacher for the first time (according to him and his reading record book) last week for his SATs. He reads once or twice a week with a parent helper at school and every night with one of us at home. I do feel that the onus is on us to read with him and that beacuse we do it every night school takes a back seat.

floppsy Tue 17-May-05 12:15:07

Started a thread about reading last week,my dd1 is in year 1 and is sent home with two books per week which are getting more difficult as shes on level 8.Think she only ever reads to a parent that goes into help,she is starting to lose interested in her book as she has to read quite alot each night so she can change the book.The teacher hasn't picked up on this so she can't of heard her read for a long time.

firestorm Tue 17-May-05 19:48:32

my year 1 dd reads to somebody at school every day, either teacher, assistant, parent or reading buddy (year 6 child) & reads to me every night. she used to get through a book a day, but now shes on level 7 its more like 5 a week.
this is a vast change to her reception year when she only read at school & changed book once a week (despite me asking for more)

ambrosia Tue 17-May-05 20:17:06

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