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#1 TheMuriels

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

What age were your kids when they started to read independently?



#2 cinnabubble

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

How independently? My six year old, who's just finishing FYOS, has just started reading large-print painfully simple chapter books (like Billie B Brown) very slowly for pleasure.

#3 TheMuriels

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:27 PM

Yep, that's the kind of thing I'm talking about, cinnabubble.  So, did this transition to reading happen in Grade 1?

#4 cinnabubble

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:30 PM

She'll start year one next year, but it's only literally in the last couple if days that she's started doing it. I almost cried with happiness when she asked me to help her find the one suitable book we had and I raided the Christmas presents for the next one when she finished the first.

#5 TheMuriels

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:32 PM

I can never get my head around the different years between states, which is why I'm asking for ages!

Edited by TheMuriels, 18 December 2012 - 06:32 PM.


#6 cinnabubble

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:34 PM

Sorry. I'm in NSW and her last day of kindergarten (prep, pre-primary, etc) is tomorrow.

#7 annasue

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:37 PM

Noah was 6 in August Kell and he's reached the level Cinnabubble described perhaps at the begining of term 4. He's just finished FYOS.
So if that's where C is reading she's what 2 years above her age but with her intelligence she will surpass that quickly now she is off and running.

#8 TheMuriels

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:40 PM

She's not quite there yet, Sue, but with the grade skip next year into Grade 1, I just wanted to see what level kids are likely to be at and how much catch up she'll need to do, and what age they normally start reading independently (simple books).

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QUOTE (annasue @ 18/12/2012, 04:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Noah was 6 in August Kell and he's reached the level Cinnabubble described perhaps at the begining of term 4. He's just finished FYOS.
So if that's where C is reading she's what 2 years above her age but with her intelligence she will surpass that quickly now she is off and running.



#9 B-B-M

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:45 PM

DD has read independently, for pleasure, since she was about 4 (small simple books)

She is 5 now and finishing Kinder (NSW) and reads Bindi Books, Aussie Nibbles and other small chapter books. Her reading however is above her age and this year her "reading" at school was done with the Year 1 classes.





#10 MARsmum

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

My DD1 started reading independently about half way through kindy (FYOS) however she was reading the words but not connecting with the content.  She would read a Billie B Brown book and be so proud of herself and I would ask what the story was and she had forgotten!  About half way through Year 1 (2nd year of school) she made the connection between reading the words and the story!  She finishes Year 1 tomorrow and is now reads totally independently!

#11 mumto3princesses

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:50 PM

Umm DD#1 was maybe about 3/4 the way through her first year of school (NSW Kindergarten).

DD#2 was actually "reading" simple books before she started school but it was more the fact that she remembered them I think and she liked to read the same books over and over and over. But she got word for word and followed the words. She was reading unfamiliar books easily by the end of first term FYOS. Stole a couple of her sisters chapter books (simple ones like Go Girl etc) that year too saying she could read them. Not sure if she really could then but she could read them and seemed to understand and comprehend them easily in Year 1. (2nd year of school)

DD#3 (DD#2's twin) finally started to get things right within the last couple of weeks of the FYOS and was able to read very simple books. Properly independantly I would say it was more like half way through year 1 (2nd year of school). She caught up though and started reading chapter books in year 2. (3rd year of school)

Edited by mumto3princesses, 18 December 2012 - 06:53 PM.


#12 TheMuriels

Posted 18 December 2012 - 06:51 PM

Thanks, everyone.  So, 6 seems to be about the 'norm', with variances here and there.  That's great.

#13 baddmammajamma

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:01 PM

Kid #1 NOT the world's best benchmark - was reading Dr. Seuss independently at 26 months and then Bill Bryson books outloud to us by age 3. wink.gif  At 7, although she reads/comprehends multiple years ahead, she is really into stuff like the "Dork Diaries" instead of literary classics.

Kid #2 seems to be on a more normal trajectory original.gif  -- same age as your darling daughter (5 in Oct) but just starting to read. He is trying to work his way through "Go Dog Go" but isn't quite there yet.

Virtually all of Kid #1's classmates in FYOS -- including those who weren't reading when they started school -- could read a simple book by the end of that year. If not sooner.

Hope that helps! Whenever the skills officially kick in, it is so wonderful to watch kids develop a love of reading.

I bet C will take off soaring once she gets her bearings in class!

#14 ComradeBob

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:04 PM

DD turned 5 in April this year and is in her first year of school (kindy in NSW). She's been reading independently since about Term 2.

#15 feralisles

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:16 PM

From what I've seen when I used to help out at school, anywhere from 4 to 8 seems pretty normal.  Mine were reading small, simple chapter books like Aussie Bites at 4 and were reading anything and everything independently by 6.  It certainly makes life easier once they get to that point!

The children who were a bit slower to get started often seemed to catch up, so by the middle of primary school you couldn't necessarily pick the earlier readers from the later ones.  I think it is a bit like walking, talking and all the other skills children learn - it comes easily when they are developmentally ready (Learning disabilities aside of course).

#16 Lagom

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:19 PM

DD is 5 years 8 months and has suddenly started reading independently really well in the past few months.  She started reading at around 3 but stayed at the same simple level for a VERY long time. Then, a few months ago something clicked and she's gone from 'the cat sat' to chapter books. She sometimes still reads backwards though or forgets how to do it.  ddoh.gif  She's gifted with a learning disorder though, so hardly the norm.  happy.gif

#17 libbylu

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:24 PM

My DS (just finished prep - FYOS) is a fairly good reader for a 6 year old (6 and 4 months) in the top reading group in his class, and while he will look through his books independently, he is not really 'reading' them - at least - not reading every line.  He certainly can read them when we sit and do reading out loud, but he tends just to 'browse' them when on his own. I too look forward to the day when he becomes an 'independent reader'.
I guess it's not too far off.  Within the next 6 months I would say.

#18 Super Cat

Posted 18 December 2012 - 07:41 PM

The variety of reading levels will be so broad at that grade level. C will most certainly have class mates on the same reading level as her. They do change as time goes on though. We did no pre reading with L, figured he'd pick it up when school started. When he started school he was like 90% of kids. He could read basic words, his name, street signs etc but not books. Six months into school and he was doing extension reading. He's grade two now and still does extension because he's reading and comprehending at grade 4/5 level.

S started the same. No pre reading skills and only knew basic words. A year later and he had advanced two years in reading levels. Now though, he isn't a fan of reading so he's tracking year for year.

S is six. So if C is a year ahead she'll be with kids equivalent age of S at the start of the year I think. I remember S liked small chapter books like Boy vs Beast and the Bindy Irwin books at the start of the year. He's since moved on from them but if you can get a copy that's what a lot of the kids in his class were reading at the start of grade 1, turning 6 that year.

Edited by Super Cat, 18 December 2012 - 07:42 PM.


#19 TheMuriels

Posted 18 December 2012 - 11:07 PM

Thanks, all wink.gif

#20 kyrrie

Posted 19 December 2012 - 04:38 AM

Mine were 4 and 6.

I doubt you need to worry about her playing catch up. Most kids fly with reading so I imagine your dd will do so at supersonic speed. My dd went from picking up go dog go and trying to read it out loud to reading Ramona books independently in 4 months and she is very clever but not gifted.

#21 TheMuriels

Posted 19 December 2012 - 08:22 AM

Thanks, Kyrrie.



#22 QueenIanthe

Posted 19 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

My kids were five when they started school and were reading basic books independently by the end of FYOS when they were 6 and mainly developed their school through their second year of school, except for my eldest who was reading 3 years above his level in kindergarten which is not the norm.

My daughter was closer to 7 and towards the second year of school before she really seemed to come along. They can seem like they aren't making much progress and then over a short period of time really take off.

#23 2bundles

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:36 AM

From watching my kids, most can read independently sometime in yr 1. Brighter kids will be the beginning of the year, and those struggling at the end.

The thing I noticed with both my kids was that once the got the basic sight words they took off really quickly.

#24 mombasa

Posted 20 December 2012 - 06:45 AM

DD was 5 about to turn 6, NSW Kindergarten. By term 3 she could read small chapter books now (6.5) can read small print 100-120pg books without any help, we have been so lucky with her she picked it up so easily.

We found knowing her sight words and phonics, which were taught intensely in Prep (Pre-Kinder Year at a NSW Private School) helped immensely.

Edited by mombasa, 20 December 2012 - 06:47 AM.


#25 kerilyntaryn

Posted 30 December 2012 - 12:37 AM

by Age 5 mine were reading Chapter books




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