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July 1st, 2011, 05:16 PM
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For those of you with older ones, what did you move your kids from readers to? Whitney's reading level I feel is beyond needing to go through readers, but I still want her reading. I plan on coming up with a list of books that she needs to cover through the year, but I am not sure how or what I am going to have her do with those projects. I am thinking book reports and displays, but other than that I don't know yet. I have seen some of the study guides that go with books, but not sure what ones would be good or if they are even worth it. Matthew still needs to continue with the readers, but I would like something different to develop with Whit. Any ideas out there??
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July 1st, 2011, 06:46 PM
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I've never used readers before. We've always chosen books based on interest rather than reading level. If it was something he could handle, I gave it to him. If not, I'd read it with him or get a CD to go with it. I never had readers as a kid that I can remember, either. I don't see the point. I'm sure I'm probably the oddball here, but oh well. What's new?
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July 1st, 2011, 06:57 PM
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Readers have their place, but interest does need to be the biggest factor. I'd aim for a mix: a novel; a picture book author study (that way you can compare and contrast books by the same author); some poems and of course some non-fiction. You'll easily fit in an hour or two of reading each day if you link it with all parts of the curriculum and include bedtime reading/reading for pleasure.
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July 2nd, 2011, 05:12 AM
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With Cameron's dyslexia, readers have been a necessity. He gets very frustrated if he cannot read the words without too many mistakes. He is just now at near 10 starting to read RL 3 chapter books. In school he uses readers/anthologies. He's in 3rd grade. Ani has never had readers. She has always read real books on her level. This year in 7th grade she read stuff like Midsummer Night's Dream, Around the World in Eighty Days, and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. At this point, we do the read and answer questions/discuss approach with very occasional projects related to the book.
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July 2nd, 2011, 05:30 AM
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With Cameron's dyslexia, readers have been a necessity. He gets very frustrated if he cannot read the words without too many mistakes.
Yes, that makes sense. I see why he'd need them.
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July 2nd, 2011, 05:34 PM
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Yep, that's the good thing about readers. (And by readers I am refering to Reading Recovery/Fountas and Pinnell levels). This way, you can check that it is the right level for them and avoid that frustration: for example, in 100 words of text, count the errors:

Less than 5 means the text is easy
5-10 is good for instruction
More than 10 errors is too hard, and their working memory is on overload.
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July 2nd, 2011, 05:46 PM
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Well, sort of. Cameron can read a word fine 10 times and not get it the next 5 times.
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July 2nd, 2011, 07:56 PM
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one more book list:
ALA | The Coretta Scott King Book Awards for Authors and Illustrators

found this one interesting - it is given to an author of children's books in recoginition of their entire body of work - gives some authors to use for author studies
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