How can I know how well my son can read?
Is there some way I can test him?
Just sit down with him and listen to him read.
I'm sorry. I didn't mean it in a bad way. Grade levels are so subjective, even from one brand of readers to another, or one school to another. I would just sit down with him and see what he can read. If you're talking about reading comprehension, you could come up with your own comprehension questions, or I know Abeka has a good one, but I'm not even sure they do it that young. I started using them in around 3rd grade.
I've seen reading placement tests for some curriculums. I had my 1st grade daughter do one off the Sonlight website. If you have a particular curriculum you want to use you can check their website. The biggest problem with figuring out grade levels is that they are subjective. One company's 1st grade is another's kindergarten and another's second grade, you know?
yes there is , not sure if its still online but ill look and see what i find
how bout this one http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/canbylane/files/4FF508184C41443F9299972...
maybe this one but i think it cost 3 dollars http://www.elementarymatters.com/2012/05/few-thoughts-about-fluency...
With our English curriculum we recieved the Wide Range Reading Test. I googled and found it online (see link) but that version does not include all the instructions. I don't have time to write them all up (I will try later if you are interested) but basically you give them a copy of the test and you have a copy to mark mistakes. Then instruct that these are words that people from kindergarten through college spell, and that when they have missed 7 in a row you will have them stop because they have gotten beyond their grade level. It's ok to skip a word; the child should be encouraged to try or skip if they have spent 10 seconds then it's time to move on to the next word. Anyway, I hope that helps. It's a nice measure to have. I will try to give more detailed instructions later if you are interested.
That sounds great! If it isn't too long. I would really like if if you could do that. If it is. maybe you could take a photo of them and send that instead.
Actually, I just got the booklet and I was remembering the instructions for the standardized tests for spelling ... for this one the directions to the student are really quite simple! You simply point to Capital A and say: Begin here. Read across the page. Read aloud."
more info for the parent:
Don't count it incorrect if your student does not say "capital."
Allow a student to mull over a word, but do not coach by word or facial expression. Count his final response.
If he cannot read it in 10 secs, advise him to move on.
Stop after he gets 7 consecutive words wrong.
Count the total number of letters (first row) and words correctly read. Insert a decimal point between the units and tens--this gives you the grade level (for example, 2.1 would indicate the beginning of 2nd grade).
If you have any questions, feel free to ask!