How well should a 10yo be able to read and write?
My 10 year old who is bright and advanced in math doesn’t like to read other than comic books. They also make spelling mistakes for common words and seem behind the curve on sounding out words. They are very bright and have a very large vocabulary. Teachers keep telling us that they are reading ahead of their grade level and I keep telling them that our kid has a high level of reading comprehension because they skip words they don’t know and just read for meaning. I didn’t worry when they were in 1st or 2nd grade but shouldn’t a fifth grader be able to read and write accurately with minimal spelling errors?
I only have my own experience and my kids’ friends to reference. My first language is very phonetic, so spelling mistakes are rare after 2nd/3rd grade. At age 10, I was reading classic novels and was identified as gifted in literary arts, so I should not compare my kid to myself. Kid’s friends are all reading thick books on their own (Harry Potter, Land of Stories, etc.) and their writing seems more middle school ready.
I have always wondered if they have sensory or visual processing issues but they were tested once in 2nd grade by OUSD and the result was normal. I don’t know how reliable OUSD tests are. Kid complains that thick books’ letters are too small. When trying to sound out words, kid very often mixes the order of the letters and sound out letters in a mixed order.
Should I get the kid tested privately? If yes, where can I go? Should I talk to their teacher when school starts? Are my worries warranted or is this still normal for 5th graders? Kid’s reading and writing level stand out because kid is at least 2 years ahead in math and kid’s best friends are all ahead of them in reading/writing.