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My DS is in Reception and loves to read! He's recently been taken off the dandelion launchers and put onto blue books. I actually have a previous post about him not enjoying his books. Anyway I thought he would enjoy these new ones but he's not. He gets two books a week and when he brings them home he asks to read one and then the next on a Saturday.
He prefers to read books he's chosen from the library or books we have bought. I have no problem with this and I write in the reading log that he's read his school books.
I'm just a bit worried that his teacher is going to take issue with him not reading his school books daily.
He really does love to read but he prefers books of his own choosing and I'm perfectly fine with that as I prefer to let him set the pace and choose our fun activities.
Does anybody else do something similar?
Or are there any teachers on this post that can reassure me that it's okay?
I feel like this is a silly post but I just don't want his teacher thinking I can't be bothered.
I'd try and get him to read his school book once per week at least. I think that's what you mean by one during the week and one on a Saturday? That's plenty.
Just put in his reading log
Mon: read whole of school book
Tues: Read to Px of "This story by this author"
Wed : Finished above
Thurs: Started "This story by that author"
Fri: "Finished abve"
Sat: Read school book
Sun: Re-read his old favourite "Y" by Z
I'm a year 1 teacher and I'd be more than happy with that. The important thing is they're reading and are enthusiastic! I must admit many of our school reading books are very old and not very inspiring!
They aren't supposed to read school books everyday. From what I understand, they are supposed to read each book once in a week. Of course, it's alright if they want to read it more. Most children read only few pages everyday since they can't read the full book at a go.
Our daughter, in reception, loves reading. She reads several books everyday. But reads her school books once once.
Surely the school don't expect you to keep reading the same book over and over again? In reception we'd only get 2 books a week so that the kids who weren't keen readers didn't feel under pressure to read every night. My kids and lots of others did exactly as you do - we read the school book as homework and if DC wanted they could read any other books they chose on top of that.
We're much more bothered about the children that don't read at home at all! Just get him to read them once and the rest other from other sources. They'll be more than happy with that
I think what you're doing is normal; we certainly do the same. As long as the school books get read and you're reading together every day, that's good going.
(Our school only start books with words after half term, and neither DD nor I can cope with "Up you go, Biff! Up you go, Kipper! Chip, up you go!" every night for a week - it's soul-destroying).
My son is Year 1 and he gets two or three school books every week which he reads at home once. The rest of the days he reads other books. He also brings some books from the school library but rarely wants to read them unless they are a scientific in nature (i.e. the last he liked a lot was called Reptiles). Lately he seems to prefer books like the Nat Geo Little Kids Big Book of Space/Dinosaurs/Ocean, etc. In my view 1 or 2 school books linked to a reading scheme is more than enough and I would rather he reads other stuff that sparks his interest. Just keep recording what he is reading and don't worry too much about it.