Firstly when she reads out loud she regularly misses words out, or swaps them round or puts in words that are not there at all or replaces words with other words (particularly pronouns). This has various effects – changing the meaning of the sentence, making it nonsensical, putting it in a different tense, attributing things to the wrong characters. At first I thought it would improve with regular reading, but it just hasn’t. I don’t think there’s any underlying problem there, just that her eyes or her brain are anticipating things and she just ‘reads’ what she’s anticipating even if it’s not there! Sometimes she corrects herself, but more often she doesn’t and if I didn’t point it out (though I don’t do it every time) it would reduce the enjoyment & understanding of the story. Any thoughts?Your daughter sounds similar to mine (dc4) who has just turned nine. For a good couple of months now, before school, I have been listening to her read aloud and can't understand why she continues to make the mistakes she does. None of my other dcs have had problems reading aloud, (not even dc5 who is a year younger than her.) I just think she rushes as 1) she's alright when I ask her to slow down but that irritates her and 2) she tends to take 'short cuts' in other aspects of life also- I suppose that's just the way she is 3) When I quizz her about the text, she understands it which is why (despite her reading errors), I also allow her to read a lot of the novels on her own.
My second concern is that despite an ability to read, despite the house being full of all sorts of books and despite my always having read lots of lovely books to her that she clearly enjoys, she has absolutely no desire at all to read on her own and in fact has never read a whole book to herself. Other kids in her class are apparently reading whole Famous Fives for example and there is no way I can imagine her doing the same.
Do I in fact read too much to her? We are both thoroughly enjoying the Moomin series at the moment but there is absolutely no way she could manage one of those on her own. I also worry that if she keeps moving words around when she’s reading to me, she would probably do it far more on her own and would end up with a story that made little sense!
Any advice appreciated!
As for being worried about your dd not having the desire to read, well my dc3 (currently in Y6) didn't read by herself for a loooooooooooooooong time (until Y6). Ok, in Y5 she read about 2 novels but whereas the others would read at home in our library, she preferred to paint, make jewellery or do some baking! I was always so worried about her lack (and love) for reading but surprisingly, it didn't affect her 11+ performance as she still passed! (CEM assessment: an exam where good literacy skills now accounts for 50% of the mark).
Anyhow, keep up with the 'reading aloud' and 'listening' to your dd. Eventhough, my dc3 didn't read until Y6, I do feel that the 'reading aloud' in particular, helped to foster a love for reading (albeit late). She is also young for her 'school age' (d.o.b: Aug 29th)...so perhaps she just matured? Or perhaps it was (as my DH puts it), a case of HPS (Harry Potter Syndrome: HP Books, 24/7)- that's what got her going. Or perhaps her 'reading spurt' was a combination of them all?
All she does now is read, read and read!! A year ago, I would never have expected it!