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    Default Question for Year 1 Teachers

    Quick rundown: My ds is quite behind in his reading capabilities and did reading recovery during term 1 & 2 which was excellent and he caught up quite a bit.

    Reading recovery is now over and he hasn't been receiving much homework. He is quite a lazy reader so reading books from home or the local library doesn't help him as much as his structured reading homework from last term.

    Teacher goes on Mat leave in 2 weeks so I think she's just over it.

    So I'd like to be proactive with this.

    I'd like to buy some readers and do stuff at home.

    I can see that the school uses 'Nelson Cengage PM+' level readers to read.

    I've gone on their website to buy a few but if I buy a set of each level it's going to cost me a fortune.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what other readers I can purchase for him?

    I really don't want him to lose momentum with this.

    Is there a place that I can buy 2nd hand readers perhaps? I tried eBay but maybe there is somewhere else I can go..
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    Can you ask the school if you can borrow some? I'm sure they'd happily help. If not the teacher then ask the reading recovery teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hakuna matata View Post
    Can you ask the school if you can borrow some? I'm sure they'd happily help. If not the teacher then ask the reading recovery teacher.
    Already have and they've already given me them a while back. But they are so slow to respond or reply that I'm just sick of waiting for a new bunch.

    Communication with parents is not this school's strength.

    But thanks, I'll email the reading recovery teacher instead of class teacher.

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    Just an idea which one of my awesome mums did for her son a few years back - we would send him home with a book from the library that he was interested in (ie not 'just' a reader) and his nanna would get the same book out from the local library and they'd do reading together over the phone. It was really motivating for him! I don't if something similar would be possible for you?

    As for the teacher - is she not sending home a reader each night? I find that highly unusual for a JP teacher.

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    My DS had problems aswell. I got him a tutor every sat morning for an hr. A guy I worked with is a primary teacher. Within weeks he was starting to understand. In the year he was helping us out DS went from level 6 to level 15. This was grade 1 DS is now grade 3. Grade 2 he finished up on novels. DS is the best reader in the class now and one of the smartest kids.

    Tutors cost $$ and I paid my friend. It was worth every single cent spent and we have no problems anymore

    Tutors and reading eggs on your tablet

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    We also ditched the school readers for my DD as she just wasn't interested and wouldn't engage. We get books from the library that she is interested in and we read them together at bed time and then she attempts to read it out loud in the car on the way to school.

    I can also highly recommend Letterland (just google it), it's phonics based with books and PC interaction games and my kids have loved it and it's really helped them.

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    We've got reading eggs but he races through it so he gets nothing out of it.

    He quite likes the readers, it's just that when reading other books eg pig the pug or whatever it is, he guesses the word rather than sounding/reading it.

    Eg, it might say 'crab' with a picture of a crab. He'll just see the letter 'c' and guess 'cat'.

    I think the teacher is just over it because he's had a hard pregnancy and so no homework is being sent home. He loves her and says she's great in class but that's of no use to us if he's getting the equivalent of a D in his reports.

    I have gotten a tutor starting next week for a bit of extra help.

    And it's just complicated by me working full time, dad works away and nanna doesn't do much reading with him. Things need to change (but that's for another thread).

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    I probably shouldn't be saying this but... If you go onto the sunshine online website they have their readers online. Obviously not the same as holding a book, but better than forking out a ridiculous amount (as a teacher who had to buy her own, I know how much they cost). The website offers a free trial for a few weeks, you just need to subscribe with your email address. I had about, ahem, 20 email addresses the year I taught 1st grade, iykwim.

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    PS library books are great, but they're not structured in the same way as readers. Readers are written in a way that allows your child to try different reading strategies.

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    Default Question for Year 1 Teachers

    What level did he finish at after reading recovery and what level is he now? Usually a child will "graduate" from reading recovery on PM level 16.

    Rather than buying PM books, I would buy books of things he's interested in and help him read texts online that broaden his reading. The PM books are great for consolidating but they all structurally similar and predictable.

    Also, I would be more focusing on comprehension.


 

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