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SuePurblybilt Tue 06-Sep-11 18:34:54

I haven't had a chance to speak to the teacher and I won't tomorrow (XP's contact day) so I am asking here in the meantime.

DD's second day and she's come home with two new books. Yesterday she brought home two (first day), we read them, made our notes in the reading log and sent them back. Today she has two new ones.

As a general rule, is that the norm for each day - that you exchange them? They're very simple so it's not as if she is having trouble with them but I wonder if I am outing myself as a pushy mummy by reading and logging them on the same day. Are we supposed to keep them for the week or something?

We do read them, talk about them and read them again in the morning before school so there's no reason to keep them longer iyswim but I don't want to upset the applecart by working our way through their stock in a fortnight and being tutted at grin

MayDayChild Tue 06-Sep-11 18:47:47

Can't help with your q but jealous! We took DD book bag in today, but no book sent home!
I was quite sad! Maybe Friday as they alreay said books only sent home tues & fri

muffinflop Tue 06-Sep-11 18:48:23

Reading books on the first day in reception??? Never heard that before! If she's reading and enjoying them though I'd carry on as you're doing. However, expect the novelty of 2 books a day to wear off at some point

SuePurblybilt Tue 06-Sep-11 18:50:32

Oh I'm sure it will, this is by no means a stealth boast <worries>. They're about four pages long anyway grin.

So if we do these two tonight and send them back, do you think that's right? I don't want her to not have done what she is supposed (she would be mortified) to but I also don't want to push it.......

limetrees Tue 06-Sep-11 18:56:19

There is no norm really, it varies from school to school.

Just ask the teacher how often the books get changed and what they are expecting you to do.

muffinflop Tue 06-Sep-11 19:00:54

Our school changes them when they've read them in reception. Some do it every night, some once a week. If your DD is happy to read them then I'd carry on as you are

SuePurblybilt Tue 06-Sep-11 19:05:49

Thanks all. I won't see the teacher until Thursday pm so we will carry on for now.

woolleybear Tue 06-Sep-11 19:49:14

Wow, my daughter has done two days of reception and has only told me about playing, play doh and painting, oh and going in the playground 3 wwhole times in one day! No reading books here yet, its very early days.

sittinginthesun Tue 06-Sep-11 19:58:17

Don't worry - the Reception Reading threads will soon be flowing thick and fast.

Every school is different but the general view (so our school says) is to try and read for 10 mins, 5 times a week.

We always do every day except fri and sat. Write it in the reading record, and the school will change books as necessary.

You can always then extend at home with other stuff - keep the bedtime stories going etc.

SuePurblybilt Tue 06-Sep-11 19:58:17

Actually they've been good on that score wooley and sent home a sheet with what they've been doing each day. I am sure there's more to it that your DD is letting on: mine cannot remember what she's had for lunch each day grin

woolleybear Tue 06-Sep-11 21:30:46

Ours have sent us a list of whats for lunch, thats the only thing we can be sure of! Oh, and Games is on Thursday, must remember the PE kit!

Ferguson Tue 06-Sep-11 22:20:58

I been 10 years TA in Infant classes, now voluntary helper - Yes, all schools vary, but what you doing sounds fine.

Our Reception often start with ORT pictures-only books, and just make up the story, encouraging confidence to talk, describe, imagine etc.

If you do sounds (phonics) make sure it's 'mmmm' and not 'muh' or 'ssss' not 'suh'.
Ideally the first books should have words that can be ENTIRELY sounded-out, so no 'the' 'of' etc, but many schools/teachers don't follow that (unwritten) rule.

ORT do NOW do proper phonics books, though they used not to.

But as long as children are happy, and not worried or stressed, have reasonable behaviour, can play, share, use crayons, pencils for mark-making, then they are on the right track. Unfortunately, it's parents who do the worrying, often needlessly!

Please: don't stress, and try and enjoy the new experiences - just as your child will.


SuePurblybilt Wed 07-Sep-11 15:24:18

Thank you smile. She's been doing phonics for a couple of months now at home anyway, she loves reading and writing. I'm not in the least worried about her progress or anything, I just don't want her to be 'told off' however gently, for not doing something. The home/school communication is extremes, it's either madly efficient or entirely lacking (none at all last year re term dates or uniform requirements or staff).

Anyway, I've written a note in the book/log thing asking if they want us to keep them longer and I will see them later on this week.

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