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Which 'Read at home' level is your Reception child on at this point?

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WiganKebab Thu 07-Feb-13 22:05:22

Mine is on 1+, but I wondered if there was a benchmark of roughly where she should be around now?

simpson Sat 09-Feb-13 00:06:24

DD could read at a basic level before she started nursery, self taught.

She is all consumingly obsessed with reading and so because she reads so much (to me or to herself) she is bound to extend herself iyswim.

DS at this stage in reception had not even had a reading book and struggled with reading when he got one but still finished the reception year on stage 5.

mrz Sat 09-Feb-13 07:44:39

Yes plainjayne123 it's for real some children just take off with reading once they start. Everything suddenly clicks into place for them and they devour book after book. Other children take longer, which is why I said children in reception can be anywhere from pink to gold/white book bands.

mrz Sat 09-Feb-13 07:46:41

These children are from an area designated as being one of social and economic deprivation. That's what planet they are from!

mrz Sat 09-Feb-13 07:55:01

IPoppyWearer I don't think you should confuse school starting age with starting to read.

Interestingly the UKs education system is ranked 6th in the World while Norway doesn't make the top twenty wink

Loughrigg Sat 09-Feb-13 08:19:28

DS was level 5 in nursery. Now he is in reception he is on level 4 at school, and Captain Underpants at home hmm grin

learnandsay Sat 09-Feb-13 08:30:24

My daughter was reading Dr Seuss at home happily in nursery and started on books with no words in at school. She found those hard to read.

lljkk Sat 09-Feb-13 08:36:03

No idea. This is about the right reading level. This is too hard, but he can read some of it with effort. So maybe stage 1+? Seems about the same as older siblings at same age, tho' maybe DD was reading a bit better.

Flo42 Sat 09-Feb-13 08:37:48

Again, I go back to my point - if your DC loves reading and flies through books then great. If they want to learn slowly and steadily then also great. I'm reading a lot of these messages and to be honest it just sounds like people showing off - not particularly helpful to the original question.

I think your DC is doing absolutely fine and within the next 2 years they will all be at around the same level.

Think of it this way-would you rather your DS was being pushed into being a fluent reader by the age of 4 or would you rather they spent those hours playing?

learnandsay Sat 09-Feb-13 08:44:55

To be honest, if my daughter could read Dr Seuss and Winnie the Pooh in school I rather she did that than stare at books with no words in.

simpson Sat 09-Feb-13 08:48:48

Flo - who is saying their DC is being pushed into being a fluent reader?? hmm

StarlightMcKenzie Sat 09-Feb-13 08:52:32

I'm not sure where ds is because we did a different reading scheme at home and he finds school reading books aversive.

So we ignore them largely, and quickly read them the night before they go back. Often he struggels with about a third of them, but he's on more complex stuff of his own choosing at home. He prefers non-fiction which never seem to come home from school.

hels71 Sat 09-Feb-13 08:52:50

My DD is on purple books from school, however from things other mums have said most are reading ORT 1+/2.

StarlightMcKenzie Sat 09-Feb-13 08:53:12

DS is in year 1 btw. DD is in nursery and can read. I just found out yesterday and have yet to figure out HOW!

learnandsay Sat 09-Feb-13 08:56:03

The people in nursery have probably been letting her have access to words. You can't get the staff these days. It's terrible.

StarlightMcKenzie Sat 09-Feb-13 08:58:50

lol, - she does a lot of phonics afaics, but her teacher told ME to teach her how to write her name, so I don't think they're doing much academic stuff yet. She's always coming home and saying things like 'Today we learned about teamwork' grin

Flo42 Sat 09-Feb-13 08:59:53

What I'm saying is. If children love reading and read no problem then that's great. If they have to learn slowly and progressively then that should also be great and they shouldn't be pushed into it.

I just feel that some of the comments on here might make mums feel that they need to push their child into reading at a greater pace then their DC wants to go at. When the first statement from Wigan was that their DC is on stage 1 it's not going to make them feel great when there are mums saying their DC is reading Shakespeare (or thereabouts!!).

My point really is every one WILL learn, some slower than others, and it's all 'normal' and right for that child.

Lots of love -still don't know how to add a smiley! X

learnandsay Sat 09-Feb-13 09:03:32

No one seems to be minding posters saying children started Reception on level 278. If you post asking for levels you'll get levels.

simpson Sat 09-Feb-13 09:21:30

Well having had 2 kids on very different levels in reception I totally agree about there is no "average" level iyswim.

Starlight - I still don't know how DD learnt either and even worse I don't remember realising she could!! blush

Cat98 Sat 09-Feb-13 09:54:02

Ds is reading green band generally, this is about the right level for him. The school 'read at home' books he has are ort level 5, does this generally correspond with green band? I'm not sure.

PoppyWearer Sat 09-Feb-13 10:03:50

Ok, forget the whole Norway thing. I happen to know some Scandi-mums and it's been a topic of conversation in the playground.

What I was trying to say is: it doesn't matter!

I speak as someone who couldn't read at 4yo, yet somehow in spite of that "struggled" my way through the state system to a decent Oxbridge degree.

The love of books is what matters. Please everyone, stop with the competitiveness!

MrsMelons Sat 09-Feb-13 10:06:18

I didn't know DS1 could read, he knew his basic phonic sounds at about 22 months (self taught with a kids laptop when he broke his leg and could get around). When he was at pre-school at 3 yrs he could just blend the sounds easily and came home one day and told me he could read, he just could and we never pushed him.

Its not rocket science and is not major deal, he just loves it and it just clicks for some very early. At nearly 7 he is still ahead of his peers but within a couple of years I can't see this being the case as it is clear the gap is much smaller now.

I think it is fairly normal (as in not genius or unbelievable) but I do know from YR teachers that they often get a class of 30 with no readers at all and can go years without having a reader when they start (small schools with 1 or 2 form intake).

We would never push DS2 (4) who is just coming along as expected for his age, we are proud of him for what he does of course.

MrsMelons Sat 09-Feb-13 10:07:50


mrz Sat 09-Feb-13 12:31:06

Sorry Flo but not everyone will learn to read eventually sad

learnandsay Sat 09-Feb-13 12:40:52

It's not really competition. The Olympics is competition. This is mumsnet.

MrsMelons Sat 09-Feb-13 12:49:36

I don't think this thread has been competitive in the slightest for a change

I have only know 1 adult who could not read properly, he was at school till he was 16 and no one actually noticed. He learnt to read properly at 26 years old in prison, also he could only write/recognise capital letters until that point. It is scary that a school/parents could not notice so I do believe it is so important to pay attention to how your child is progressing as the school will not always be doing the best for your child, most schools/teachers will of course but not in all cases.

DH is dyslexic and was never diagnosed in school, his parents just listened to the teachers when they said he didn't like literacy and no one pushed the issue.

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