I have no idea what I should be expecting from my DS, in maturity terms, here, so would appreciate some advice.
DS is in Yr3. A new initiative by the school is to 'push' the reading scheme to get kids through it as soon as possible. All good, I thought, given the battles I've had with the lower school to get ANY reading books. But, my DS brings home, at best, 2 books a week. He is on a Yr5/Yr6 reading border (according to the reading scheme, which is actually several reading schemes run concurrently - children have to go and choose their books from the relevant level), so has to go to a different part of the school to get his books. Consequently, he doesn't, just spends an extra 5 mins on his own in the playground, being peaceful (he's a sociable boy, but likes a bit of calm during the day, as the class is quite 'lively', until his friends (from different classes) turn up. I have level 15 Treetops books at home (from my experience in the lower part of the school) which I am currently making him re-read because he is not bringing anything home. These books are also amongst those he should be reading from school, so technically, he's making progress, though not actually because he's not getting the range the school is providing. He says the reading scheme books are boring, which he's always said, but because they've been provided by a teaching assistant, he's nonetheless had to read them. Now that they are encouraging greater independence and responsibility in year 3, he's responsible for getting his books and there we have our problem.
I've sent a letter into his teacher, explaining that he finds them boring. She had a serious talk with him and went with him to choose an 'interesting book'. That was 3 weeks' ago. Since then, he's brought one other book home. I've tried carrots (20p a book; a football card) to no avail; I've tried threats: no TV when come home from school and that seems to have no effect either. He just reads a book from home. The books we provide are 'good' literature/ science/ history etc. But I'm wondering if I'm missing something from the reading scheme that he ought to be covering. Or that he 'ought' to be doing the reading scheme, regardless of whether he finds it boring because we all have to do boring things in our lives. But then, he is 7 and I think if choosing boring books is an option, not something provided by the teacher, a 7 year olds' human nature is not going to make that choice.
I'd appreciate others' views/ experiences. I don't really know how to handle this.