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Only-just-4-year old and tackling to reading practice

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Purplelooby Mon 19-Sep-16 23:09:27

So my summer born (end of August in fact) boy has started reception - last week was his first week of full time.

On Friday the kids were sent one of those picture-only books and he had great fun with it. He also got a sort of practicing phonic sounds book and he enjoyed this too, all nice easy fun.

Today he got sent a 'proper' reading book and the teacher has definitely judged his level exactly right in terms of comprehension and reading skill, but he is so exhausted after coming home from school that the last thing he wants to do is read to me. Although he loves books and playing phonics games, he isn't desperate to learn to read and neither am I arsed about him moving up levels unless he wants to. I do, however, want him to keep loving books and to be a 'reader' when he's older (his Dad and I are both bookworms).

How should I handle his (very tired) daily reading practice? I want him to enjoy it and I know he really hates pushing himself, if that helps? Should I ask for a lower level, for example?

HalfATankini Mon 19-Sep-16 23:13:33

Could you do it in the morning?
Or only read two pages each day? Most teachers have said to me the most important thing at this age is that they enjoy it. So if it takes 3 days to read one book that's better than tears and arguments to get through it in one day.

Idliketobeabutterfly Tue 20-Sep-16 00:13:13

I'd do try it in the morning too. Will do that when my son gets books soon.

ReallyTired Tue 20-Sep-16 09:31:57

If he is too tired, then he is too tired. Just write a note in the reading diary that your child is too tired after a hard day at school. Read to him on school days and get him to practice his reading book at the week end when he is rested.

TeenAndTween Tue 20-Sep-16 09:47:07

Read in the morning.
Shove your whole schedule forwards by 5-10 minutes and do it then.
We did this for the whole of primary and it worked well.

Woodacorn Tue 20-Sep-16 15:50:52

We aimed for 3 times a week. Otherwise it turned into a chore and put them off. With mine it was better to do it when they would actually enjoy and benefit from it.

GraciesMansion Tue 20-Sep-16 15:54:25

We moved out reading practise to the morning, it's was a revelation, like having a different child reading to me!

madamginger Tue 20-Sep-16 15:56:26

We do it at bedtime. Two pages of a book from them and then I read them a story.

Purplelooby Wed 21-Sep-16 00:29:37

Thanks all. I'm not sure whether I'm brave enough to try morning - he's a funny little bugger and I just get the feeling he would hate it. Maybe I'll try when he's more settled though.

I tried tonight by saying that it was special time for him (rather than his sister) and that he could then choose a book to be read by me (normally his sister gets her choice in first). He actually really enjoyed it but I think it helped that his new book was an easier one.

CrepeDeChineWag Wed 21-Sep-16 00:37:17

Morning. That's what we did. Ten minutes a day is all you need at this stage

waterrat Wed 21-Sep-16 18:03:40

I'd personally tell them to bog off. If he is too tired he is too tired.

1tsonlyme Wed 21-Sep-16 21:43:26

When mine where little I just used to write in the reading record book. J recognised some words in his bed time story book. I also sometimes showed him a word in his book and said do you know this word if he didn't I told him. I have also been known to read the book to him if he was tired.

Wait4nothing Wed 21-Sep-16 21:48:50

As a teacher (to kids a little older) I just say do a few pages - little and often is far better than a ton at the weekend. In our school we would continue to read wherever you got up to so he would still change books but maybe a little less regularly (which is fine at this age). This half term is the hardest for tiredness (and the grey weather won't help)

TooTweeOrNotTooTwee Wed 21-Sep-16 22:01:37

My end of August DD has started reception too. We haven't had any books sent home yet, but when we do I plan to read with her only if she wants to.

She's so little, really tired after school, and I'd hate to start her relationship with books off with a daily battle. I love reading and with the right support, I'm sure she will too, in her own time.

Good luck!

aliphil Fri 23-Sep-16 11:11:09

My DD loved her first reading book and sounding out the words but won't do the phonics exercises at the beginning "because they're not part of the story, mummy!" Any tips or should I just not worry about it?

Also I am curious - DD got a book with words but some of the other children had ones with just pictures. What's the thinking behind using the wordless ones? I am probably being thick but I don't get the idea of "reading" books that can't be read!

Witchend Fri 23-Sep-16 14:13:38

I found when mine were beginning readers that it was tiring for them although they wanted to do it.
What I did was:
Let them read one page. Sometimes they'd choose to continue. Other times they didn't. Fine either way.
Sometimes if they were tiring and wanted to finish the book I'd read every other page.
I'd have the books in places like the car/buggy bag so we had them to look at if we were waiting round without anything else to do.

Express huge amazement at what they could do.
Say things like "When you've finished that book we can <insert>"
Let them read to their teddy (bedtime story)
If they don't enjoy that book find one they do.

Chilver Fri 23-Sep-16 14:22:54

My DC has also just started reception. She can read (basic CVC and CVVC. CVCC sentences so far) but only when she is in the mood. She reads a few pages to me at night before bed but if she is too tired I don't push it and just read to her instead. We have also just started two mornings a week of 5-10 mins of 'homework' (just to get used to structured stuff really like 10 min on her tablet of a reading game or 5 mins writing)

Chilver Fri 23-Sep-16 14:24:07

oh, and we have a pack of sight cards/ tricky words and play a game with them before bed sometimes which she LOVES. (Game is really just her asking me to say the words and then its her turn e.g. she is playing teacher with me)

Ditsy4 Fri 23-Sep-16 19:52:17

We used to do it after tea and bath. Snuggled up in bed with bedtime books chosen. A short story then reading book then another story or two. Picking out occasional words they recognised if they wanted to do so.
Games at the weekend and a bit more reading then.
Write words on card and show blank side. Turn over to reveal the word and keep all the ones read.

Purplelooby Fri 23-Sep-16 20:05:02

aliphil our kids get the picture-only books as well as their reading books and I'm guessing that it's about comprehension. It's also great for imagination because it's amazing what a 4 year old can make up about a bloody teddy being left on a bus!

So I'm currently sticking with after-tea and it's going well. When he's not in the mood for reading (like after swimming) I use the picture-only book which he currently loves. Tonight there was homework so I gave him the choice and he chose that over reading. Fingers crossed it works out!

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