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Is it too early in the term to become THAT parent? Warning: involves reading levels

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manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:05:50

DD1 just started Y2 (today) and has come home with a book she read at the end of last year. She's read all the books in this 'batch' of books (ORT level 9 Treetops) in fact. I'm not overjoyed and neither is she: even she said there is no point in reading it as she knows all the words! Reading at home is always a level under what they do at school, so last year she all was reading level 10

WipsGlitter Wed 03-Sep-14 16:09:17

How old is Y2?

I'd not worry in the first few weeks, think the new teachers are just trying to get a gauge of where the children are.

In general, as long as she has access to lots of books outside of school she will be able to read well as an adult.

Nishky Wed 03-Sep-14 16:10:24

I think people often comment that there is more to reading than just knowing what the words are.

I used to read the school story quickly then get them to read a book they really liked to me and record both in their school reading record and explain why. Sometimes they were then moved up and sometimes not.

I don't know why people get hung up on the actual levels-it's about children enjoying reading.

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:10:32

Posted too soon sorry.

I think it's okay to ask for a book she hasn't read, especially as surely they will want to know where she's up to? I have even found the relevant page of last year's reading diary to 'prove it'. Year R was an entire year of reading every darn book at each level, so it was great that Y1 actually allowed her to progress properly and start to enjoy reading
Am I THAT parent?"

Badvoc123 Wed 03-Sep-14 16:12:58

She may know all the words, but what is her comprehension like?
Also, it's early days.
Give the teachers a chance to do their 1-1 and group assessments!

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:13:19

Her comprehension and expression is excellent and I can't see that sending a book home that she has read and is lower than what she reads at school is helpful.

Badvoc123 Wed 03-Sep-14 16:15:30

She won't have been assessed yet by the new teacher.
That's all.
Calm down smile

wannabestressfree Wed 03-Sep-14 16:16:57

We normally rehash as children tend to regress a bit after a long break.

Your right it is too early...... Leave it a few days

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:17:00

But why bother having a diary to record what they read?

Badvoc123 Wed 03-Sep-14 16:20:23

To answer your question, yes you are that parent! smile
My son has been back at school (y1) for 5 days.
Today there has been a note put in his reading record along the lines of...
"I won't be doing 1-1 or group reading this week as I am doing 1-1 and group maths and literacy assessments"
This is also what will be happening in your Dds school (in all schools)
If you are so very worried, just get her to read a book from home and note that in the reading record.

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:21:27

I think though that there is a massive difference between sending home a book of the same level - which I would not debate at all - and one she read in July. And that she remembers. It is no test of her abilities.

George9978 Wed 03-Sep-14 16:24:14

Read your own books, it takes them weeks to sort out reading, not sure why they don't do it as a priority, if only to shut the parents up.
I'm also irritated every day that a book hasn't come home yet.

Badvoc123 Wed 03-Sep-14 16:26:02

Ds2 brought home a book he had read in July last week too.
The children pick their own books and he had obv forgotten he had read it.
You really are making a bit of a drama about this IMO...if she likes reading (and it sounds like she does) just read a book from home with her and make a note of it.
Your Dds teacher will be assessing 26/30 kids over the next few days - not just your dd.
I would - gently - suggest you calm down a bit or you will be totally wrung out by the end of term!

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:26:18

It might take weeks, and that is fine. I would much rather have no book home than one she could recite.

Badvoc123 Wed 03-Sep-14 16:29:22

Fair enough. So read one from home and note that in thereading record.
I just write;
"Ds2 has already read this so we read xxxxx from home"
It won't take weeks.
It will be done by midweek next week at the latest.
In fact...why not send a book from home into school in her book bag and then she can read that and not have to choose from a Selection she has already read?

LittleMissGreen Wed 03-Sep-14 16:30:26

I wouldn't get too het up at the beginning of term. I'd just read something else and write in the book "DD read XXX because she was confident reading XXX which she remembers from last term".
Really not a biggie. If she continually gets books she has had before then I'd ask the teacher why.

ACheesePuff Wed 03-Sep-14 16:30:55

The new teacher will have just sent home the book that the old teacher passed on to her.

Calm down. Read the book, or don't read the book, sign the reading record and return it, and the teacher will probably give her the next book which she hasn't read. FGS!

hairylittlegoblin Wed 03-Sep-14 16:33:02

Yes, you are THAT parent. Sorry.

Read a book from home if you and your DD are bothered. Personally I'd get DD to read it again as a refresher and say, "Nice to ease into the term with something familiar isn't it?"

There is no harm in re-reading a book. I do it all the time. It has not hampered my ability to read.

Flexibilityisquay Wed 03-Sep-14 16:33:28

Yes it is too early. I'd give it at least a couple of weeks for the teacher to work out where she is, before doing anything. It won't hurt to go over the odd book she has read before.

Nishky Wed 03-Sep-14 16:34:30

You are THAT parent I am afraid- and no good advice is going to stop you by the looks of it.

BeCool Wed 03-Sep-14 16:35:26

DD is in Y2 - she complained yesterday (day 1 back) that everything they did was the same as in Y1. I said they are probably having a little catch up after the summer holidays.

DD gets to choose her own books from the level she is on. If your DD doesnt self select, perhaps the person who allocated your DD that book didn't realise she had read it?

If she didn't want to read it, just get her to read another book at home?

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:35:52

I think what annoys me (and I never usually complain about anything like this!) was that she had read a huge number of level 9 books across a range of reading schemes by the end of the year (she was on level 10 in class). We obviously do read at home! I asked her why she chose a book she had read before and she said they "aren't allowed to say they've read it". Again, there is no point to the diary...

I am sending the book back with a polite note asking if she can have one she hasn't read. Which I think is fair really - any old book is fine! She is a highly visual learner too, so the likelihood would be that she would literally just recall it, add no expression (when she is bored she won't add it) and end up not liking this reading business. Which is what happened in YR: same books rotated.

At least I have been paying attention!

Nishky Wed 03-Sep-14 16:35:54

I would rather have no book home

Is this written by you or your dd?

BeCool Wed 03-Sep-14 16:36:28

In my life I have read many book more than once - it didn't do me any harm.

manchestermummy Wed 03-Sep-14 16:42:14

Okay, I have calmed down and told dd to tell her teacher she had read it: which she has, just not this week smile.

I am normally rational, honestly!

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