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    Thanks for this thread OP, I have a ds in year 1 at level 8, I'll use these suggestions as well!

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    He just read this to the whole family (including grandparents) and had us all in stitches- so much more fun than a reader! I'm so glad we've ditched the damn things.

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    He just read this to the whole family (including grandparents) and had us all in stitches- so much more fun than a reader! I'm so glad we've ditched the damn things.
    One of my DS favourites!!!

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    I am a teacher and I ditched home readers for my son in kindergarten, awful boring things! He reads like an absolute champ now. I bought him books related to his interests, Star Wars, Lego, factual texts (big encyclopaedia thing is his favourite and solar system), kids magazines were also interesting to him and he wanted to read.

    I teach grade 5&6 and I collect footy magazines, comics, hair style, make up girly type and motor bike magazines (all appropriate content of course!) to entice my kids to read.

    You our sound like you're doing a great job encouraging him!

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    Our kids get time out/ miss play time if they don't do their reading books that get sent home. ><

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    I'm so happy to hear teachers say ditch the readers! As a librarian I have a strong hatred of them- but I'm all about literature not literacy. I was worried that we would have to continue doing both, as we already do heaps of reading at home and it hasn't seemed to have any effect on his ability to read himself. He loves books- I guess reading just hasn't clicked for him yet.

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    As a teacher I would much prefer him to read something he enjoys and foster a love of reading than skim through something he dislikes and making it a chore :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelicHobgoblin View Post
    Our kids get time out/ miss play time if they don't do their reading books that get sent home. ><
    Whaaaat?!?!!!!! This is appalling!!! I honestly wouldn't cop this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    Whaaaat?!?!!!!! This is appalling!!! I honestly wouldn't cop this.
    I don't! I put my foot down on that one. Can't say much for the other kids though. My year 1 is in a year 1/2 class and top of both years, maybe if he was struggling I would be ok with forcing them to read those stupid books (which the ones my school has are American btw) but my year 1 reads better and harder books and is doing fine. My year 3 isn't as strong of a reader but still does just fine, I have spoken to his teacher as well that I won't force him to read them. He reads his own books we have at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelicHobgoblin View Post
    Our kids get time out/ miss play time if they don't do their reading books that get sent home. ><
    That is appalling. That attitude from the teacher/school certainly isn't going to foster a love of reading in the children. I'd be fuming if that was happening at my child's school.

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