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Y2 How many reading books per week?

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SuperScribbler Thu 06-Feb-14 11:43:55

Since the start of Y2 DS has been given 2 reading books a week, but as they have got longer and more complex he has struggled to get through the sheer volume of reading now expected. Even if he only hands one book in on a Friday, he is still given two more for the next week.

He reads to me for 20-30 minutes every day, but rarely choses to read them to himself. He does read books of his own chosing to himself, but not every day. We are encouraged to listen and ask comprehension questions. He also gets literacy and numeracy homework weekly.

His school books for the last few weeks have been:

Jack Stalwart Egypt
Booom! by Alan MacDonald
Whiff Erik
A couple of Danger Zone books
Hooey and the Great Boat Race

They are all quite long (120+ pages, 10 chapters, fairly dense text and few illustrations). DS generally gets through 2 chapters a day - he reads well, with fluency, and good comprehension.

Are your Y2 DC expected to read this amount every week too?

MadamNoo Thu 06-Feb-14 12:04:51

As soon as they went on to chapter books they just took them in once they were finished - not twice a week certainly. Do they really set a deadline on it? have a word with the teacher, I would.
I think some of those are impressive for Y2!

LittleMissGreen Thu 06-Feb-14 12:09:08

DS gets one in English and one in Welsh. They are both changed as and when they are finished. His Welsh level is a lot lower than English and so gets changed a couple of times a week. English he may even take a couple of weeks to read.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 06-Feb-14 12:30:03

DD1 is in Yr1 but reads similar length books - she takes her own books in so in a week she would read generally 1-1.5ish books depending on the length, number of pictures, size of font and so on but at 20 mins reading a night yes a couple of chapters a day.

I would be concerned that if he is being expected to read school books at up to 2 a week when is the poor lad supposed to read any books he might have chosen from home? They can be asked questions about any books they read, they don't have to be the school ones once they are reading at that level surely.

I would ask the teacher how it works, does he HAVE to have 2 a week, does he HAVE to read school books, how much choice does he get of book etc, could he alternate so he does a school book and then a home book, can he just read some of his home books and so on.

Elibean Thu 06-Feb-14 13:14:21

The children in dd2's Y2 class are expected to read every night, but how much they get through depends entirely on a) their individual reading speed and b) what they are reading. There are NO expectations on number of pages or books, and tbh I think that's as it should be at this age and stage.

Rushing, or focussing on volume read rather than time spent reading, sounds daft to me confused

And your ds, OP, sounds as though he's doing very well!

Jinty64 Thu 06-Feb-14 13:32:30

Ds3 has one book a week.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Thu 06-Feb-14 14:58:07

I'd be hard pressed to read two books a week with 100 pages of dense text each. I would have thought one book like that split between 1-2 chapters a night would be good for year 2.

lalasmum17 Thu 06-Feb-14 16:14:14

Thanks to a certain online retailer I was able to glance through one of the books. I reckon 1-2 chapters a night is what we aimed for with books like that (so that it probably took about 15-20 minutes/day once we'd covered new vocal and talked about it).

My yr 2 daughter just gets one book at a time (I think they get to chose fiction/non-fiction from the books with the same colour labels on them). She probably reads 10-15 minutes to parent helpers twice a week (with a few guided reading session with the teacher a term). With clubs and things she probably reads her school book 5 days/week at home (though we both tackle another book at home each bedtime - we'll often get her to read a couple of pages from what we are reading to her or she'll ask to read for 10 minutes before we turn the light out.

There doesn't seem to be any pressure to read more (though this is possibly because the teachers can hear she is tackling the books well.

So maybe just chat to the teacher at the end of the day.

SuperScribbler Fri 07-Feb-14 10:59:39

Thanks all. I was worried that perhaps he is a very slow reader (although I had not noticed this) or that he wasn't reading for long enough. The trouble is that if he only hands one or no books in he still gets two sent home and after a while he gets overloaded. He also gets to choose two school library books a week. It's a lot of reading.

I will poo in and talk to his teacher next week.

givemeaclue Fri 07-Feb-14 11:07:26

Poo in! Love it

Showy Fri 07-Feb-14 11:19:46

DD is in Y2 and in charge of her own reading. She changes her book when she wants. It works well this way but dd is a very self-motivated reader. Some nights she will read her whole book. She'll get it out and read it in the car on the way home (if she hasn't come out of school with her nose buried in it), read it before dinner, pause to eat, read through to bath time, in the bath sometimes and then in bed. Other nights she reads a couple of chapters before bed and that's all. She gets through 3 books a week usually. Currently reading Mr Stink (from the school library) and her reading book is James and the Giant Peach which she read most of last night until I stole her reading light and book and stopped her. She's also reading some books from the local library at other times (Posy flipping Bates atm). Oh and we have an audio book in the car at all times. It's The Silver Chair (Narnia) atm.

Once on free reading, the school lets them change as and when necessary and they can bring home more than one book at a time.

RonaldMcDonald Fri 07-Feb-14 13:56:12

my y2 daughter reads 9 per week from the library - the librarian is agog
rosie banks type books about 120 pages
the school offers roald dahl etc once a week which she is less keen on
reading is her thing we force her to stop in the evening

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 07-Feb-14 22:36:00

Dd has one book per week from school. We spend about 30 mins per week reading the school book but she regularly reads for pleasure at home. She has asked for breakfast in bed tomorrow so that she san lie in bed and read.

ilovepowerhoop Sat 08-Feb-14 21:23:45

ds is in P3 (Y2 equivalent) and gets chapter books home. He is normally expected to read 1 chapter of it 2 nights in a row before moving to the next chapter. They also do in-school work on the chapter too.

sittingbythepoolwithenzo Sat 08-Feb-14 22:46:25

My ds2 is in year 2. He reads until he's finished it - some days he reads for 10 mins, some days he is engrossed and reads for an hour.

Tbh, reading out loud is knackering. I find a chapter of a Roald Dahl is long enough for me to read, let alone him!

thegreylady Sun 09-Feb-14 19:51:20

Dgs is quite slow to finish the school chapter books but he is romping through a complete set of Oliver Moon at home. School seem to just let them change when they are ready but he often forgets.

thegreylady Sun 09-Feb-14 19:51:57

He is Yr2 by the way.

meglet Sun 09-Feb-14 21:25:07

DS has plodded through 2 school books since January.

He's a free reader and struggles to find something that interests him at school. But his teacher doesn't expect him to only read school books, as long as I make a note about what he reads at home (Beastquest, Mr Gum etc) then that's fine.

Bunnyjo Sun 09-Feb-14 22:17:48

DD gets books of similar length (around 150 pages) and is expected to go through them at her own pace. She does read at least two books a week and a choice of her own books too - she is a regular bookworm!

As an aside, there is no such thing as free reading at DD's school either - all books are banded to NC level 6 and beyond and I think that is a good system.

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