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6 year old reading level?

we are foster parenting my 6yr old niece! and we got her in may! she did great in school the teacher loved having her! but now that school as been out ive been doing fun educational things with her! to help tell time, and math , spelling! but i noticed she is having trouble reading! my dd is only 16months so idk what level she should be at! i gave her the book "good night moon" to read to me and she does pretty well! but most of it is her guessing from the pictures! is that ok? should she be able to read better? she is going into first grade this fall! anything i could do to help her reading?


Asked by Caroline2010 at 3:27 PM on Jul. 1, 2011 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • She is doing okay with reading, but you could help her if you want to. Children in kindergarten shouldn't learn how to read. Many kindergartens teach the alphabet and letter recognition, but formal reading doesn't begin until first grade. She should recognize her name in print, and maybe a few sight words.

    Drill her on alphabet sounds this summer - beginning sounds and ending sounds. Have her practice printing the letters. Find a kindergarten check list, and see what areas she is weak in, or strong in, then you know what to focus on.

    If you want to teach reading, there are many resources available. I used "Sing, Spell, Read and Write" and you could go through it with her in the summer months. But Hooked On Phonics is also popular, and you may be able to find it in your library.

    Don't forget to let her play this summer, too. Too much work, not enough play creates stress. Swim lessons, pool time, sandbox, paint, etc.

    Answer by LoreleiSieja at 3:33 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • my child going into first grade learned to read in K. She can read quite a bit now, as she is preparing to enter 1st grade. They premade books for them, with words they wanted them to learn, none that you probably have at home... research online simple things for K students to read and see what you find, but yes- she should be reading some. 1st grade only gets harder and more indepth.

    though I am one to think that summer is play time, so we just let it go all summer- they do take a "catch up time" when school starts back to refresh them. :) HTH

    Answer by 2teens2LOs at 3:38 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • I don't think reading at six has jack to do with having sex at 16.....

    My kindergartner has a list of about 60 words she needed to know by the end of the year. The hardest were the color words and the number words. She at this point should know how to write all the letters upper and lower case, know the sounds of each, know some sight words, and have an understanding on how to sound words out. Know how to write her first and last name using proper upper and lower case letters. And be able to count to 100.

    Answer by Candi1024 at 3:56 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • I'd say the reading level is about AVERAGE. There's nothing wrong with average, but you can help her improve by getting many books out of the library and having her read and having her read along as you read aloud. Dr. Seuss and beginning readers are great. Also, books on CD that come with an actual book to follow the words with are great because they can see and hear the words and the sounds together. Our library has a pretty good selection of these - see if yours does.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:27 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • dont worry ladies she is outside tons!!!! i just work with her in the morning sometimes! and these days its so hot she doesnt want to outside! and i dont blame her! i just dont want her to b behind! thanks ladies!

    Comment by Caroline2010 (original poster) at 3:46 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • thanks candi1024!
    im always amazed at how much she does know when her mom never taught her anything!!!

    Comment by Caroline2010 (original poster) at 4:00 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • I would work on letter sounds over the summer. It makes the transition to reading so much easier.

    Answer by Mom-2-3-Girlz at 4:18 PM on Jul. 1, 2011

  • The library should have a list of books that are good for kindergarten age kids. Kids go into first grade with a wide range of reading levels, from those who read well to those who don't read at all. The teachers will "test" her informally and usually group them according to ability. You will be amazed at how much she will learn this year! But hit the library, the librarians in the childrens section are great resources!

    Answer by missanc at 4:20 PM on Jul. 1, 2011


    Answer by 0123456 at 12:50 AM on Jul. 4, 2011

  • Have her checked to make sure she has no learning disabilities. My 25 yr old is dsylexic. but it wasn't caught until he was 8. His math and science scores came back college freshman 9th month. but his reading level came back at pre-k level. he had figured out how to listen to the teacher and do what he needed to do.

    In high school when he had to take the required state tests, he was allowed to do them orally. having an instructor read the question to him. At that time only two percent of high school students in that state even passed the math part. My son's scores were the top in the state!

    Also not sure of the reason she is not in her home with birth parents, but that situation may also be contributing to her lower levels. be patient (as i am sure you are!) and don't push!!!!!!!!!!!

    Usually it takes foster children about a year to start blossoming. Love and patientce go a long way!

    Answer by I_luv_Vera at 1:17 AM on Jul. 7, 2011