beaners Posted January 25, 2012 Share Posted January 25, 2012 I keep stopping myself from posting on one of the kindergarten threads in the K-8 forum. I had thought we were within the range of normal, but it doesn't feel like it as much right now. I've been reading and posting in this forum because I've started working with my daughter who is not K age yet. I feel like my children are average bright kids, but maybe my own perception is skewed? None of my children are fluent in Ancient Greek, for what it's worth. ;) Ok, so if this is completely normal and I'm just being ridiculous, feel free to slap me upside the head. Really. My daughter is 4 years, 7 months. I did phonics instruction with her using Funnix, then just switched to having her read some things to me when it was clear she was past the program. (So she didn't just pick up reading completely on her own.) Books she has read to herself silently lately are all in the 4th to 5th grade level according to Bookwizard. For example, she has read Mrs. Piggle Wiggle (4.5), Pippi in the South Seas (5.5), and Because of Winn-Dixie (4.1) in the last few days. Right now she is reading Freddie the Detective (5.2) on the couch. Most of the reading she chooses is around this level, and she is definitely understanding the story and details. She is able to read up to around 7th and 8th grade material, but she doesn't have all of the vocabulary for that level yet. I know that reading a few levels down for pleasure reading is normal, and I'm really not worried about helping her advance right now. (Meaning I think she will be able to read through high school material without the accompanying maturity with a little more vocabulary under her belt.) She just reads a couple lessons in McGuffey and I try to find read-alouds that are a still a stretch. Her stamina is really taking off lately, although I'd like her to spend a little less time reading for the sake of her little eyes. I'm just trying to figure out if we are actually outside of the norm, or if I'm just overly sensitive for some strange reason. I don't think she's that advanced. She isn't a prodigy on an instrument or displaying unusual precocity in math (although I will freely admit I have been holding her back a bit there, and I'm not really sure why?) and I don't think her foreign language skills are that exceptional. I really feel like she is just an average bright kid who has been taught to read. Am I wrong? And thank you for indulging me if you bothered to read this far. I feel absolutely ridiculous for even typing this out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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