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We3bunniesOfOrientAre Fri 28-Dec-12 20:24:37

She is yr 1; on orange level and has been for a term. She seems to have worked through all the yawn magic key ones and most of the other story books, latest offerings was a book on leeches and meals. She says there are no other interesting books there which she hasn't read and she doesn't want to read them but she has to take two home each week. When she is bored reading then she just sucks her thumb and rolls around, then says she feels sick etc etc... Over the holidays, as she has no reading books she has chosen to read some rainbow fairy books I know it is the same story 80 times but at least she is engaged she reads a few pages, then I read back to her for however long she read to me. We have the same agreement for school books and works well for us.

How can I approach this when we return to school. I understand if the teacher doesn't want to put her up a level, but they aren't about to come and listen to her read and I don't want to battle with her every night to read books she has no interest in. I don't think it will be a problem when she goes up a level as there will be new books, but she won't go up until she reads more. <we have seemingly inexhaustable supply - 80/90 rainbow fairy books as that was all dd1 would read/listen to for about a year before discovering Dahl/Walliams, etc we won't run out of them in a hurry>

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Thu 17-Jan-13 15:38:17

Yep, turns out this is the way forward! Who knew? I sound like one of "those" parents, I'm aware of that, but I just want to do what is right for DS1.

learnandsay Thu 17-Jan-13 10:03:50

Ah, the method is to bring home the wrong reading books! I knew there would be a system somewhere.

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Thu 17-Jan-13 00:04:31

Progress! Admittedly it was a school error that it ds moved up.

Someone had mixed the books up and ds brought home a level 24/white band book. Which we read, he stumbled over 1 word, we discussed the book and wrote the appropriate comments and sent it back. He was moved to gold/level 21 today. He's so pleased with himself and so exited to be finally allowed to bring more interesting books home from school! grin

simpson Wed 16-Jan-13 17:24:01

Birthdaybunnies - that was my argument for DS when he was in yr1. He jumped straight into the magic key books but had not read the books leading up to it or the first magic key book so did not know what was happening...

DD has read the ones building up to magic key adventures so she is fine...although she is getting loads of non fiction ATM...

I was also told not to put anything else in DD's reading diary (as it would fill up too quickly -just to put her school books in)...

3birthdaybunnies Wed 16-Jan-13 16:12:30

Thank you run she is currently fairy and egypt obsessed, just this morning she was saying that she thinks she can now read a rainbow fairy book at night while she tries to get to sleep poor lamb doesn't realise that almost every night she is asleep before I've finished reading her story . I don't think she'll be on this level for long, she is reading it better than orange, and, more importantly, she is enjoying reading again.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 16-Jan-13 14:32:33

I have to I'm very happy I no longer have to hear the words " the magic key began to glow" William and hamid were slightly more enjoyable than biff and chip

Runoutofideas Wed 16-Jan-13 13:30:54

OP - my dd2 is yr 1 and reading turquoise level too. She really enjoys these Jill tomlinson books She can read pages alternately with me, the stories are suitable for 5 yr olds and they have occasional pictures too, but they are chapter books so seem grown up. Just wanted to recommend.

learnandsay Wed 16-Jan-13 13:16:39

Girls, the reading books aren't for you, you know!

3birthdaybunnies Wed 16-Jan-13 13:14:57

We've never had the first one, maybe will strike lucky when ds learns to read. Have just read the one where they damage the roof of the play house and go back in time to see the dolls house and their house when they had just been built and the children who lived there. I didn't realise that the toy house was a replica of their house, although I do remember them moving from their terrace house. I reckon they wouldn't be so bad if they came in order rather than some random selection based on what's in the box when your 5yr old happens to change their books. Maybe I should train ds to borrow to order!

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 16-Jan-13 12:54:56

The secret room
Where they found the dolls house and the key reminded me of the haunting in Connecticut grin expected some truly sinister goings on.

survivingwinter Wed 16-Jan-13 12:43:36

grin glad your dd likes them learnandsay! Some of those Magic Key stories are seriously bizarre I'm sure there must have been drugs involved during the writing of them!

learnandsay Wed 16-Jan-13 12:36:55

She said I was going to fill the reading diary up too quickly. Back then the problem was that she hadn't done any assessment of my daughter's reading and the books were too simple. She still hasn't done an assessment (as far as I know) but what she said was that she'd give my daughter a random assortment of books and then move her up a couple of levels. (Maybe that's how she does her assessments.) The books have been pretty random, it's true. But pretty much anything is better than what we were getting. This term we've been getting Miff, Chops and Chipper books again, boo. Luckily my daughter loves them. I don't know who wrote the damn things but I'd love to get my hands on them.

survivingwinter Wed 16-Jan-13 12:27:03

Why did the teacher tell you not to do that learnandsay? Surely it's about the breadth of reading a child is doing and the progress they make at home too?!

I'm going slowly mad as dd has been on the same book band since Sept and we had finished all the books in that box by last half term. I have been either buying books for her or getting them out of the library since then!

learnandsay Wed 16-Jan-13 10:57:16

At the beginning of last term I tried diverting my comments in the reading diary onto books from home because the school books were far too basic. But the teacher told me not to.

DoodleNoo Wed 16-Jan-13 10:52:31

I had the same problem with my Y3 DD and ended up just signing off the books they were given at school with a curt "finished on [date]" ( not asking her read them unless she wanted too) - and then writing a gushing sentence about how DD has also been reading X at home , loving it, can't put it down, read 4 chapters beautifully to Grandad" etc etc and eventually they got the message. As the second DD in the family, we have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of interesting books at home, unlike the school reading shelf, where pickings are pretty thin.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 15-Jan-13 13:59:01

It's much better than it was but we r still leaving bits of some and sometimes entire books. I just lie in reading diary. Thankfully we aren't getting the terrible trio books which did leave her in tears. Teacher says she happily reads them in school hmm

learnandsay Tue 15-Jan-13 13:56:48

Caffinedrip, if school books made my daughter cry and stop reading then I'd throw them out of the window.

learnandsay Tue 15-Jan-13 13:54:31

How do you train teachers to be obstinate in not allowing children to progress beyond their predicted expectations?

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Tue 15-Jan-13 13:52:49

We r stuck in a vicious circle of books bore her so she can't be bothered and there fore has no interest in talking about story/predicting and all the other stuff they require before allowing them to move on. She there fore gets even more fed up, stops wanting to read anything even her books at home. Yet reading her books at home is the only way obviously of getting her doing what they need her to do. sad

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Tue 15-Jan-13 13:47:47

Great to know, I think we need a chat with DS teacher. He's in Y2 and at his October parents evening we were told he will make 3C for his reading this academic year. I am wondering if they have decided that is "his level" and aren't keen to progress him past it.

I have friends who teach in this area, but not at that school, and that is the practice at their schools. This is not heresay, but fact, they are even trained on it!

Jux Tue 15-Jan-13 12:31:37

Oscar, that's what happened to dd in Y1 of her first school. i knew it was bollocks, she was readingmuch more advanced stuff and comprehension wasn't a problem at home. Her teacher insisted that dd didn't understand, and I suggested it might be because she'd read those books in nursery several times and was bored with them. Apparently this was not good enough, or not true pr something.

I let dd choose whatever she wanted to read. Then I would read her schoolbook quickly to her, and lie in the reading record. Very naughty I suppose, but dd was getting turned off reading and I wasn't going to let that happen just for the sake of some bloody tick boxes at school.

We moved 150 miles away. DD was tested on reading in her new school and put straight onto free reading. Never looked back.

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Mon 14-Jan-13 23:14:07

Thanks learnandsay, we're in one of the adjoining boroughs to that on the PDF.

learnandsay Mon 14-Jan-13 23:01:53

Comprehension schmomprehension to be honest. It's one of those how long is a piece of string? questions. If I thought some teacher was giving me the comprehension run-around I'd just tell her that we've come to the end of that route and either we up the level a bit more or we're going to ignore school books from now on.

Here's a breakdown of comprehension tasks throughout school

OscarPistoriusBitontheside Mon 14-Jan-13 20:39:41

DS is in this situation! He has been stuck on the same level since just before summer. I have approached school and we were told he needed to work on his comprehension. So we did. I am still being told he doesn't comprehend what he's reading, which would be fine if it weren't bollocks. He reads his book, we talk about what happened and can tell you a week later what the book was about, pretty much cover to cover without opening the bloody thing! At home he reads harry potter, roald Dahl, national geographic FFS! We have somewhere in the region of 600+ books, about half of those are childrens so we don't need to hit the library too much. He is just so bored at school! ARGH!

Smudging Mon 14-Jan-13 07:18:42

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