Junie B.'s ability to recognize words she reads exceeds the 12th grade level, and her overall reading abililty tests at the late 6th grade level.
So says the assessment she took online yesterday. The reading vocabulary portion, in part, consists of listening to a word said aloud, and then deciding which of four similar words is the correct one.
I popped in to see how she was doing.
"How's it going?" I ask.
"Good. You just missed it. They had the word 'mediocrity' on the list, but it wasn't the word they said."
So, at 8 years old and just finishing 2nd grade, it would appear that she's a pretty good reader.
Not so much.
On that, she tests at the late first grade level.
(I actually think she's a better speller than that. But not by much.)
I probably shouldn't worry too much, actually. At this point I haven't required a whole lot of writing, other than her handwriting practice and a few minutes if journal writing every day -- writing really slows her down, and her narrations are really rich and interesting when she dictates them to me instead. When she writes on her own, I've given up expecting great spelling, instead merely requiring that every sound in the word is reasonably represented. We had started out last year just working on the words she spelled wrong, but that clearly wasn't enough; then we graduated to Natural Speller, but that didn't do it for her, either, She enjoys Spelling Time on the computer, where she has been very successful with 2nd grade level words; and she really got a kick this quarter when I started her on Seton's very traditional speller at their 3rd grade level. She regularly gets 100% on spelling tests in both venues, but it hasn't translated to less structured settings. We even started Writing Road to Reading earlier in the year, but, for her, this is actually backwards -- she needs "Reading Road to Writing" or something like that.
In fact, it really does help if I have her read what she just wrote.
"Honey, what does that say?"
"It says, 'cack.'"
"And you wanted to spell ..."
"'Cake.' Oh yeah, it needs an 'e' on the end, doesn't it?"
We'll be on the lookout for a really great spelling program for next year, I guess.
Got any suggestions?