Sorry to bore everyone again , but I just need a bit advice again re reading and my year 5 boy. We went to a parent consultation last night and although he is now a 4b in reading, after taking that Burt test again, although his reading age has improved to just over his chronological age ( he used to be 6 months behind ) the school would like it to improve and are suggesting I push the reading at home.I did ask how that tallied with being 4b ( which I'm pleased with ) and was told it's just the decoding...but even if he can't pronounce them properly he apparently does know what they mean and indeed he doesn't seem to have a problem with those verbal reasoning question where you have to find similar words , the right spellings etc.
So, should I worry ? The thing is I find it hard to get him to read, although he has told me detailed stories from certain books we have , so must be reading secretly somewhere ! The other problem is that he still sounds really painful when he reads. He does take ages to " spit it out "and gets there in the end, but I'm wondering if the child only has one go at the Burt test, maybe that's why he is scoring low...you initially think he doesn't know what a word is, but he gets there in the end...but of course I know to be patient and give him space ! Will regular reading help with this ? He sounds as if he needs an oxygen cylinder by the time he finishes .
I don't want him to be that child at school that you can't bear listening to and you find yourself reading 5 pages ahead whilst you are waiting for them. A bizarre thing is that when we go to church , DS1 and DD have started doing the readings or prayers and DS2 used to be really shy and not want to, but has recently said he would after all. I have been worried that he would find it hard, no one would understand him and it would upset him, but he kept asking to read out the soldiers poem at the Remembrance service ( with his Dad ) and he did it perfectly with no stopping and starting, very fluent...and that was under pressure ! It's all very strange .