There is something I am trying to get to grips with. I gather from many of these threads that a lot of schools have various reading schemes in bookbanded boxes. A lot of these are not phonic based reading schemes. Some schools have bandings that go up well beyond white,containing scheme readers, not real books. Some schools require children to read things at home from their boxes even when the child is enjoying reading other roughly equivalent standard material from home, the library etc etc. Parents and children are told they must read the school books. Why is this? PS. I can understand it if a child is in the early stages of learning to read and they are following through a systematic phonics scheme with decodable readers at the right level that it would be valuable to practice at home. And I can kind of understand it if one is working through a sight word scheme logically with a controlled vocab which is being systematically added to.