Originally Posted by jkpmomtoboys
How do you know what your kids' reading levels are? Do you just look at the back of the book that they're reading for the level? Do you look at average lists for a certain grade? Do the teachers tell you? I've never had a teacher tell me that.
I know because of ds' score on the state reading assessment was passing for 7th grade. I also look up the books that he's reading on the Scholastic Book Wizard, and their lexile levels. Scholastic's reading levels are approximate (people here think they tend high, and I agree), but combined with the lexile levels, it gives me a sense of where they're at. Books that they can burn through in a short period of time are ones that are too easy. Books that they can read on their own are at the right level. Books that they struggle a bit with are too hard or at their instructional level.
The other thing to note is that the level of books for pleasure reading are probably lower than the 'instructional' level. So, I've put the levels that I know my kids are reading for pleasure.
Originally Posted by Daffodil
My DD is an outlier on this thread. She's 7 1/2, would be in 2nd grade this year (but she's homeschooled), and she reads at about a second grade level.
At age 7, I think ds was also reading at a 2nd grade level. It wasn't until the middle/end of 2nd grade that his reading took off. That's one of the things that makes me think he's gifted. It's not that he started off ahead, it's that his growth has been faster than average.