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Do you make your year 1 child read their entire book out loud?

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SouthernandCross Tue 11-Oct-11 19:04:32

Our school gives them reading books once a week and we do a little reading with our 5 year old most nights, but she prefers to read to herself. This week we are not going to get around to reading the entire book with her.
Should we pick up the reading aloud from where we finished listening to her read, or let her tell us where she is up to in her head?

madwomanintheattic Tue 11-Oct-11 19:06:42

depends what level she's at, really. with dd2 we gave up reading aloud with her half way through yr r, but she could read and understand anything that was put in front of her, so it wasn't an issue. if you are concerned about her ability to decode or her understanding, then best to do the whole thing.

half way house is to let her read it then ask her questions on it (you do obv have to read it yourself, then though!)

iggly2 Tue 11-Oct-11 19:11:46

I am of the opinion that reading out loud is a skill in itself and should be learnt. If DS homework is to read out loud he does it. To be fair his books are short and ofyten he reads what is set very quickly , he can then read the rest in his head if he chooses.

iggly2 Tue 11-Oct-11 19:12:18


SouthernandCross Tue 11-Oct-11 19:15:53

Madwoman, I'm not at all concerned about her comprehension at the level she is reading at school at and am pretty sure they test that at school, but asking her questions about it is a good idea thanks.
She does tend to not ask us if she doesn't understand what a word means, so I can at least check her vocab that way.

MMQC Tue 11-Oct-11 19:16:03

My son is in yr3 and a free reader. I'd been letting him read to himself but got told off by the school as apparently he should read at least a few pages to me every night. As a consequence, we've been plugging through one 200-page book all term, while in his own time he's read dozens of much thicker tomes.

strandednomore Tue 11-Oct-11 19:16:07

Yes I do even though she rarely doesn't know a word anymore, I just want to check she is actually reading it. However I am now starting to let her read it to herself as well and will probably relax a bit on getting her to read it ALL out loud as I am finding it harder to find time to sit down with her these days (now they have other homework as well).

strandednomore Tue 11-Oct-11 19:17:17

And I try to get it all done in one go because I find it more interesting for everyone that way but it's getting harder as the books get longer, the one today was more than 30 pages.

SouthernandCross Tue 11-Oct-11 19:18:09

Iggy, I know they do a lot of reading in class. The book she has has 5 shortish chapters so I planned to do one chapter a night ( there are some nights we don't have time to read) but time has got away on me a bit.
Will be better organised next week!

Iamnotminterested Tue 11-Oct-11 20:24:19

OP I still hear my year 6 DD read once or twice a week even though she has been a free reader at her school for ages, as I agree with iggly that reading aloud is a skill in itself and a child who can read with pace and expression is setting themselves up for being able to do similar at high school re public speaking/debate, and beyond.

Get a vocab book, have it with you when you read, jot down any unfamiliars and look them up together in a dictionary after - also a very useful skill to have.

And if it's a long book, take turns - a child will learn a HUGE amount from listening to a professional ie. a parent, reading.

vincentvangogh Tue 11-Oct-11 20:31:52

Always. He's on white level, so he has some way to go before I'll be letting him do his own thing.

2BoysTooLoud Tue 11-Oct-11 21:07:53

Although my 6 year old a good reader I do find it important to hear him read aloud a couple of times a week. I find if I leave too big a gap he gabbles when he reads aloud and rushes. I think if he reads aloud I can pick him up on this and also any words he is mispronouncing in his head. Also reading with expression is a good skill.

SouthernandCross Tue 11-Oct-11 22:06:08

Wow, Iamnotmint, I admire your dedication! I just don't have the time to hear my older kids read ( year 4 and 5) although thinking about it, they do read things out to me quite regularly. School notices, funny bits from books, articles in First News etc. So I guess it doesn't have to be school books, does it?
Vincent, I'm not sure what white level means, our school does a mixture of schemes and it can be hard to compare it with others!

vincentvangogh Tue 11-Oct-11 22:14:33

I think white band is ORT 10. He's pretty fluent but struggles with a word now and again, and sometimes completely loses accuracy if he's having a funny five minutes. Hearing him read means I know that he understands the text. I can ask if he knows what a phrase means and I can listen to how he expresses it, and which parts he emphasises - if he distinguishes speech from other text and if his intonation reflects the punctuation.

sunnyday123 Tue 11-Oct-11 22:23:37

my dd age 6 reads in school twice a week and out loud with me every night for up to 10 mins - i'm not sure you can rely on them reading at age 5 as how do you know they are getting the words right? My dd often gets words wrong or misplaces words - plus the teacher says you should talk 'around' the book, i'e expressions, pictures etc?

As dd is only in year 1 i expect i'm more enthusiastic than most! but i think most people can find 10 mins a day? I work 3 days 9-5 and so on those nights we read in bed but on my days off and the weekend we read at various times but i never trust her to read her school reading books on their own.

Actually she tends to not read friday nights as she gets her book wednesdays and mondays and doesnt generally need 5 nights with the same book.

Joolyjoolyjoo Tue 11-Oct-11 22:29:12

I listen to my dd's reading every night (she is 6) because I have to sign her reading book and I cannot tell a lie! blush

She is pretty fluent, but I think she enjoys reading aloud to me. I notice as she gets more confident she puts more expression and inflection into the reading, and it doesn't take long. It also keeps me in touch with what she is reading and picking up any bad habits (skipping words, inserting words) having 3 dc, I also thik she appreciates that 10minutes where she has my sole attention and noone is allowed to interrupt, so I don't have a problem with it.

ASuitableGirl Tue 11-Oct-11 22:43:19

DD is in year 1 and I do a mixture of listening to her read, letting her read her book herself and asking her questions about it (she started reading her latest book on the way home from school yesterday which did make her look quite dedicated, but I think she preferred that one to the previous one) and listening when she reads something completely different. Have to say that I don't listen to her reading every night, or at least definitely not school book every night.

Need to put a bit more of an effort into listening to DS in year 3 a bit more I think. He is a lot more interested in reading at the moment which is great - might try some sharing the reading of a longer book as well.

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