Ruby Level – reading alone
Your child’s reading skills are blossoming and growing, and they’re now well on their way to becoming a fully-fledged independent reader – and thinker – who is able to understand more complex sentences and is soaking up new information and knowledge like a sponge.
By the Ruby Level (7-9 years), your child is likely to
• Be able to read independently and in silence for at least 20 minutes.
• Read aloud with fluency and with expression.
• Understand and respond to what they are reading and be able to work out what words mean from their context.
As your child discovers and enjoys the exciting world of books, you can help nurture a love of reading, which will stay with them forever. Here are a few ways you can encourage your child at the Ruby Level.
1. Pick ’n’ mix
Encourage your child to read a range of things – both fiction and non-fiction – variety is key. Your child is now a confident reader who knows that reading opens up new worlds. They’re learning factual information about many subjects, people and places, and enjoying new experiences through their imagination in the world of fiction.
2. A reading performance
Get your child to read aloud to you. At this stage, reading aloud to others is the best learning opportunity for them to continue to develop their reading. The social interaction gives your child a reason to read, and also develops other skills like expressive reading and performing to a listener. Encourage them as much as you can. The books in the Ruby level are written as interesting and lively narratives with Beastly Tales and Tiger Tales to choose from.
Each time your child reads to you, encourage them to vary the tone of their voices and use expression so that as a listener you are gripped by the story, too. When reading aloud, your child will realise they’ll need to slow down a bit from their usual silent reading speed so that the words are clear and the listener has time to absorb the information too.
3. Read for meaning
At the end of each chapter take a moment to discuss the information together. Engaging in understanding the text, known as reading comprehension, is a key skill that your child is continuing to develop.
The questions you could ask may be about:
• recalling specific details of the story
• finding out their opinion about it
• picking out words to see if they understand their meaning
• discovering what has grabbed their interest.
Praise your child on their responses and share your thoughts about the chapter, too. And once they’re done, don’t forget to get them to fill out the Certificate of Reading and enjoy the stickers!
A few additional tips
* Read aloud to your child to demonstrate fluency and expression.
* Encourage your child to read a range of different genres such as newspapers, poems, review articles and instructions.
* Let your child read to a variety of eager listeners, such as a sibling or a grandparent.
Find out more about the next reading level - Sapphire