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Anyone elses KS1 child doing the 'get reading right' books?

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misdee · 20/02/2008 19:31

dd2 is on the get reading right book scheme i guess its called. here. i am finding this so much easier than the ORT books that dd1 started on. and dd2 is flying through it.

is anyone else on these sorts of books, and how are you finding them?

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Reallytired · 20/02/2008 22:54

I have never heard of those books, but I think they sound great. The early stages of ORT do not fit well with synthetic phonics.

I used Jelly and Bean with my son which are decodable books as well. I think that the later stages of ORT are good once the child has mastered decoding.

motherinferior · 20/02/2008 22:56

As far as I can work out, DD1 just gets books. Real books. I think they're the best thing, tbh.

Reallytired · 20/02/2008 23:04

Real books are good once you can read. In the early stages children need sucess to build their confidence. As synthetic phonics advocates teaching decoding as the primary stragery its unfair to expect an early reader to decode a word like "ice-cream".

It may be true that English has very complicated phonics, but it swamps a child to expect them to cope with all the exceptions from the start. Decodable books made my son confidence and believe he could read anything.

All the research shows that its likely that misee's dd2 will make rapid progress and soon be able to read what she likes.

Ofcourse there is no reason why children cannot enjoy having real books read to them. In the same way you might take a baby for a splash in the baby pool, but you would not throw them into to the deep end with no arm bands on.

motherinferior · 20/02/2008 23:08

I'm sure you're right. I'm not terribly good on reading methods, I confess . And DD2 is in Y2 so it's probably different by that stage anyway. Also her school is a bit vague about reading methods too.

misdee · 21/02/2008 19:43

MI i dont 'get' reading schemes as its so different to how dd1 learnt to read only a few years ago (dd1 is now in year 3), and i have to say i am really enjoying synthenic phonics and these reading books. its just making reading so easy, they worked through the CVC words fist and she is now on 'tricky' words and will soon move onto reading short sentances (as soon as the last book becomes available as other children are using them atm)

they still choose a library book each week which we read together and have a vast collection of their own books at home as well.

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motherinferior · 22/02/2008 15:11

I just find the whole thing so horribly confusing .

SpringSunshine · 22/02/2008 22:17

synthetic phonics is fab - my ds (just 5 YR) learnt this way, is currently reading ORT stage 9 and I have just bought him his first 'chapter' book

Dd at 6 (Yr 2) also learnt this way and is reading The Famous Five at the moment

Troutpout · 22/02/2008 22:33

Does she really enjoy them?
They look a bit grim to me if i'm honest. Are they all like in a picture that doesn't go with the word?
I have never seen them before

Reallytired · 23/02/2008 15:20

They are just word boxes made to look a bit prettier. A child does not stay on word boxes for long. Jolly phonics just has the words on cut up pieces of paper.

I imagine a resource like that would be great for a child who is not ready for a reading book, desperately wants a book.

Jolly phonics do "read and see" books that are similar. I think children are inspired to learn by being sucessful rather than needing

My little boy is doing really well with synthetic phonics. He is in year 1 and reading ORT stage 7. This might not sound particularly amazing, but my son has a mild to moderate hearing loss in both ears. Recently my son had a speech recongition test and did very well inspite of his hearing loss. I am sure that part of this due to being taught by synthetic phonics.

Troutpout · 23/02/2008 16:58

No that does sound really good Rt. i'm sure ds wasn't on level 7 untill much later.
AT my children's school, they start with jolly phonics (no books though ..just sounds learnt in class) and then they go straight onto ort.

I don't mind ort tbh ..although the 'oh No' endings start wearing a bit thin after a while

Reallytired · 23/02/2008 17:10

I think that the later stages of ORT are good books. Decodable books replace the early stages of ORT.

My son's school had no reading books for the first term. Just a library book once a week to share with the parents. He had sound cards, word boxes to sound out and tricky words to learn each week. The first reading books children were given were the ORT Songbird books by Julia Donaldson (author of the gruffalo). I think the songbird ORT books are fanastic. After that children moved on the the mainstream books of the ORT.

My son loves magic key stories.

See this link for intersting books

Reallytired · 23/02/2008 17:13
misdee · 24/02/2008 15:20

troutpout yes she does really enjoy them. i know the pictures dont go with thw words, but its about getting her reading through looking at the words and not the pictures i guess.

it really is incrediabley easy for dd2 to learn to read like this. she can now read some surprising;y tricky words just by decoding them. hopefully next week she gets to move onto the harder ones. with full sentamces

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