Year 2 - 1 book a week!

(18 Posts)
Hs2Issue Mon 21-Nov-16 21:43:51

We've just had to change schools due to a house move. DD seems to settling into new school and enjoying it however I mentioned to her teacher today that DH had forgotten to put her reading book in her bag last week (i was away). Teacher said oh that's ok we only change books once a week.

Last school books were changed once children had read them & they were in charge of doing it themselves so we tended to change them usually every day or every other day.

This is a mixed year class of year 1 & 2s and DD is in year 2.

I am feeling concerned about this as DD reading has recently really come on and worried she'll not progress and enjoy her reading.

We do go to the local library but I do find it difficult to find the right level there as all the schemes seem to use different colours/levels.

Is this the norm in other schools for year 2?

KohINoorPencil Mon 21-Nov-16 22:26:22

If she reads at home, she will be absolutely fine.

It can depend on staffing and organisation. Even if children are in charge of it, someone will be supervising and checking everything goes in the right place.

I don't have a TA any more. It took me an hour this morning to sort reading books and diaries for a full class.

irvineoneohone Mon 21-Nov-16 22:44:11

Agree with KohI.
But i don't think it's unreasonable to ask the teacher if she can get extra book and see what the teacher says. My ds used to bring 3 books a day from school at one point.
As for reading books from library, I think it's better to let her choose what she likes to read, rather than trying to choose right scheme leveled books.

Hs2Issue Tue 22-Nov-16 06:12:00

Thanks for replying and advice.

There is a TA in class but appreciate it can be a job sorting out books. DD goes and plays in the library usually leaving me to find books aka guess what would interest her this week!

I will speak to teacher about whether she can have any additional books as well and see what's said.

Fairybust Tue 22-Nov-16 06:16:44

My thoughts are why bother having school reading books if they're not going to read them and you need to source books elsewhere!!!

I know you can get different books but I agree that it can be very hard finding something suitable that does.t just knock.comfifence.

I would have a word. Could you offer to go in once a week.mid week.and help change books over etc.

Coconut0il Tue 22-Nov-16 21:50:39

In a TA, every school/class I've worked in has been different. In my previous class (y2) I was out of class all morning once a week. I changed all the reading books. This year I'm in year 3 and the teacher prefers me in class so readers are heard by a parent volunteer. I try to check reading diaries as often as possible and I'd always give 2/3 books to children who asked.

Definitely keep reading at home.

Does your school use Bug Club? We've recently started using it and the selection of books is fantastic.

PrincessHairyMclary Tue 22-Nov-16 21:57:28

Try Oxford owl its free you just have to register your email address and then you have access to lots of books. If you can match her reading level to those you will have lots of variety to choose from.

Cucumber5 Tue 22-Nov-16 22:05:19

Oxford owl is the way forward

Hs2Issue Tue 22-Nov-16 22:18:31

Unfortunately I work school hours so can't offer to go in and help.

Not heard of Bug Club or Oxford Owl so will check those out as well - thanks.

DD does love reading so I just want to keep encouraging her with this and more books to chose from, will be all to the good. I just was a bit shocked yesterday hearing one book a week - it took me back to DD's reception year which was a bit of a disaster and she didn't progress really.

SisterViktorine Tue 22-Nov-16 22:21:31

I suppose it depends what she is reading. My Y2 DS has short chapter books now so he only gets through about one a week anyway.

It does get changed whenever he finishes it though. Do you not have lots of books she could choose from at home if she needs more books? If not maybe look in charity shops. Our local house clearance/ antiques type place has zillions of Ladybird books for 50p- £1.

jamdonut Tue 22-Nov-16 22:42:43

Yes ,Bug Club is good. We use it in school, as well as for children to use at home on ActiveLearn.
There are good comprehension questions on it, and teachers can check to see how good a child's understanding has been.

Galena Thu 24-Nov-16 14:23:18

I'm a TA in Y3. We only change the books once a week usually. I simply don't have time to hear every child every time they need to change their books, and I struggle to hear them all once a week as it is.

JDSTER Thu 24-Nov-16 17:19:35

I was just coming on to suggest oxford owl and see its been mentioned already. At our school books are only changed once a week. I think you just have to be proactive and source other reading material yourself. My daughter likes choosing books from oxford owl to read.

nennyrainbow Thu 24-Nov-16 17:34:32

Ours are usually changed when they've read them which can be every day. The children choose the books themselves. We are encouraged to listen to children read every day, and write in their reading record when we have done so.

wangxiaosara Mon 28-Nov-16 21:19:15

My year 2 DS has 4 books from school every week, I have to sit down with him to read very evening. hmm I sometimes felt it is too much.

DesperatelySeeking2016 Mon 28-Nov-16 21:52:02

I agree that it depends on the length of the book. My year 2 is bringing home rainbow magic/secret mermaid type books so work on the basis of a chapter a night.

smellyboot Mon 28-Nov-16 23:32:34

our high performing state school do just one book a week and ask you to just read anything else at home. I have never found it an issue to find books they can read.
By yr 2 a lot are reading just normal books for 6 year olds?
Most DC at our school do extra curriculat stuff after school so reading is not done every day - just when people can

Mumoftwoyoungkids Tue 29-Nov-16 23:29:46

Dd is in Year 2. We don't really bother with the school books any more - she just reads her story books with us. We take it in turns to read a page (mummy read a page, Dd read a page, mummy read a page etc) which keeps the story going at a nice clip.

Dick King Smith (Sophie series) seems to be her favourites at the moment.

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