Dd just turned six in March and is solidly at at 4/5th grade level. She could read more, I'm certain, but we've had a hard time findign appropriate books for her. She's very sensitive, and doesn't appreciate much fantasy. Her whole reason for finally taking off and reading on her own was so that she could "read science books." She's since decided that she likes history better. :)
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Very late to this thread but loving it! Just tested ds, 8 (grade 2) and he reads at a grade 10/11 level. He is also a speed reader and will devour hundreds of books each month. He reads everything. For example, this week I saw him with a Level 4 early reader about Tractors and his father's copy of the Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It truly blows me away.
I think you have my DS twin, only a couple years too late. For awhile he loved his library card, he called it the 'credit card' and burned it out. (wore out the mag strip).
We still do 'readers' and 10lb books around here. Nothing wrong w. that.
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He still doesn't have great reading endurance and I don't know if it's a matter of interest or actual ability. Most of what he reads now is in the 950-1000 Lexile range.
It turned out she had a pretty severe refractive error. Once we fixed that with glasses she went from tolerating a paragraph or two at a sitting to reading entire novels in a couple of days.
I felt a little silly going to the optometrist and explaining that my worry was that my 5-year-old didn't seem to have enough stamina for reading entire novels. But hey, when she couldn't make out the big "R" at the top of the eye chart the optometrist suddenly took us very seriously. She'd had no visual complaints whatsoever.
So if your ds hasn't had his vision tested, I'd encourage you do just make sure.
His endurance for most things stinks. He's flagged for ADHD and Asperger's (which are sometimes misdiagnosed for each other) but I had him see an optometrist this time last year to have a thorough exam AND rule out convergence insufficiency (which can present like ADHD and would've explained his woeful eye contact). They even did pupil dilation--the whole 9... perfect vision. :/
Mine started with profound delays as an infant (suspected cerebral palsy) and this is how we found out he was gifted: the last round of significant testing by the district for IEP services when he was 5yo and would've been entering K (we homeschool, but that was the timing of the testing--he turned 5yo in Jan. and they testing in May & June assuming he'd go into K in the fall). We haven't had any testing since; and he was declassified with that round of tests.
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My daughter who just turned 4 last week has Down syndrome. She is reading at a grade 1 level.
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You can look up a lot of sources--- I've read it many places. Most putting out information after the "Einstein Syndrome" became popularized.
I wouldn't consider a 2.5 year old saying "But where are the wheels?" at the birth of a sibling to be late-talking by common definitions. Additionally, other sources I have read suggest that while Einstein did not fit into his early educational system, he did well enough. He was called things like lazy and sloppy more than stupid or dull, kwim. Skipped class, was bored...
This is from wikipedia:
The Einsteins were non-observant Jews. Albert attended a Catholic elementary school from the age of five for three years. Later, at the age of eight, Einstein was transferred to the Luitpold Gymnasium where he received advanced primary and secondary school education till he left Germany seven years later. Although it has been thought that Einstein had early speech difficulties, this is disputed by the Albert Einstein Archives, and he excelled at the first school that he attended
From what I understand, the Luitpold Gymnasium would be considered difficult and rather prestigious. I cannot be certain from these exact articles, but I don't think that not reading until late would have been in line with his early academic placements.
This is definitely an old thread, but an interesting one.
My newly-9-yo has most recently read the Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea series. Looks like their Lexile numbers are 900s-1000s. He's also been reading and rereading The Mysterious Benedict Society and its sequels. He's definitely one who CAN read pretty much anything, but I limit what he gets in regard to content. He started reading the Narnia series at 7, but we don't do things like Harry Potter or a lot of the other fantasy books that are out there.
My 6.5yo is more of a closet reader. I know he recently borrowed "The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport" from my mom's and read the whole thing. (Lexile lists other books in the series at 780-880.) That may be the longest full book he's read. He reads "Puppy Place" (~600s) and "Dinosaur Cove" (580-770) and "Magic Treehouse" (300s-700s) series with ease. He reads a lot of non-fiction, too, particularly about dinosaurs. He's a better speller than my 9yo, too, so I know he's reading a lot!
My 3.5yo is getting very interested in reading. My older boys read at 4 and I expect he'll do the same. He's asking what words are spelled with various letters on signs, complaining that he can't read words in (adult) books, etc., as well as knowing letters and sounds and such. Won't be long!
I like the Sonlight Quick Reading Assessment and intend to go over it with them again, soon. I've thought it was pretty accurate in the past, though, as others have said, there are a lot of factors that go into reading level - and they change, frequently!
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