What does reading look like for your LO that is 5+? Do you still primarily read books to them? (picture books? chapter books? both?), or do they read a lot on their own? My LO will be 5 in a few months and we still read her picture books 90% of the time. We are working our way through a chapter book but it's slow going. She will read a little bit here and there on her own but is no where near going solo with it.
What does reading at home look like for your older LO?
cantaloupe / 6085 posts
We're in about the same place, lo starts kinder in the fall. I'm not pushing reading before then, she has a lot of sight words and can sound out some things but not reading yet. I really think the most important is just to be reading something whatever they like!
GOLD / wonderful coffee bean / 18478 posts
I don't read to her anymore. She spends hours reading on her own every day (chapter books).
wonderful pomelo / 30692 posts
Mine is only 4, but we JUST started reading chapter books to him (the Magic Treehouse series) and he LOVES it. Each night we'll read 2-3 chapters (each chapter is like 5 pages, big font, so very quick), plus a short picture book (like Paw Patrol).
I don't really anticipate him doing much reading on his own before Kinder. He starts Pre-K in the Fall, so we'll see what happens there.
hostess / wonderful grape / 20803 posts
T will be 5 next week and starts Kinder in fall. He has sight words and some Step 1 readers that he can "read" (aka he has memorized or knows a lot of the sight words). We read to him at bed time still. He does spend a lot of time "reading" his books on his own, though.
wonderful pear / 26210 posts
My kid is 6 and in kindergarten and actively reading. He prefers to read on his own silently, so when he does that I ask him some questions to make sure he's comprehending. He can read the Elephant and Piggie books in one sitting as well as the Level 1 and 2 readers. I am very big on comprehension, though and don't want him to skip too far ahead even though he's a master at sounding out words because I want to make sure he's able to explain the setting, who the characters are, what the problem was, etc.
We still look at books together at night, but they're starting to get more complex and cover non-fiction topics.
eggplant / 11824 posts
Mine will be 5 next month and for maybe 6 months now we've read 2 chapters per night from a chapter book. We don't read picture books anymore really. Usually chapter books, or a story from a compilation of stories type book or a "learn to read" book.
On her own LO "reads" picture books, but is moving more towards the "learn to read" type books rather than picture books, and we definitely are the primary readers. LO has sight words but I suspect most of her reading is really just memorization of stories and reciting them.
nectarine / 2180 posts
My DD is finishing up kinder next month. She's been reading chapter books on her own for a long time now but I still like to read to her. DH or I read and discuss a couple of chapters of a book most nights. She still likes to listen to picture books too.
wonderful clementine / 24134 posts
What do you count as picture books?
I think around age 4-5 we moved away from little kid stories to more of those level 1 early readers even though I was still reading them to her.
Now at age 5+ in K she really enjoys me reading her more chapter books. Thankfully the 2 year old will still sit and listen as well.
blogger / wonderful cherry / 21616 posts
We just started on The Magician's Nephew last week and it's a hit! He's enjoying a chapter book more than I thought he would. M
But we do still primarily read picture books.
honeydew / 7444 posts
My daughter just turned 5 (pre-K) and although she has been independently reading for some time now, she likes to be read to before bedtime. We are currently reading Charlotte's Web but she will read it on her own too. She likes to read on her own after waking up, before school and bedtime.
In the last few couple of months her books of choice have either been her non-fiction NG "big book" books, longer chapter books, or picture books that have a detailed story.
pineapple / 12566 posts
My 6yo can read but likes to be read to. We still do a lot of picture books because we read to our younger LO too. I wish he would read more spontaneously, but I don't want to pressure him. On the other hand, he wanted to redo his math homework yesterday, and he's stronger in math than reading right now.
apricot / 317 posts
We do a mixture for DS1, age 6. He's just finishing Kindergarten. He reads independently, and it's a mixture of picture books, graphic novels, and chapter books. He loves being read to, as well. I'm currently reading him Ramona the Pest.
pomelo / 5866 posts
DD is finishing kinder in another month. She is reading at ease at a very high level for her age. She is into chapter books meant for high second graders or possibly low third grade. I am excited that she loves learning. I read to her maybe once a week.
nectarine / 2085 posts
He's 6 and just finished K. In terms of time, I read aloud more than he reads independently, but he spends time every day reading to me (a minimum of 20 minutes, usually more like 30). @Bao: Last summer, we had a 90/10 split on time spent reading (us/him), too. And that was on a really spectacularly good day! (Really, really good!) I think you're doing great. They're learning a lot even if they're not doing the reading themselves, and comprehension of complicated plots and vocabulary building (the kind that happens naturally through a well-written story) are crucial to learning to read well.
We've always had at least one novel going at a time for the last few years, but picture books are still in heavy rotation. I don't read anything that's marked or meant as easy/leveled readers to him, those are for him to read to me. I have added some more mature (used in the sense of 'aimed at older children, but still appropriate for children'!) and complex picture books in too, like illustrated versions of Grimm's/heavier fairy tales and Aesop. We read 'Room on the Broom' last night per his request and he thought it was every bit as delightful as when he was 3. I have to agree; it's a great book! But I'm one of those weirdos who will probably read to him until he leaves home or refuses to tolerate it anymore.