Here are some simple ways to help your child select a book that is “just right” to read.

THE GOLDILOCKS TEST
Ask yourself these questions:


TOO EASY
1. Have you read it lots of times before?
2. Do you understand the story really well?
3. Do you know almost every word?
4. Can you read it smoothly?


JUST RIGHT
1. Is this book new to you?
2. Do you understand a lot of the book?
3. Are there just a few words on a page that you don’t know?
4. When you read, are some places smooth and some choppy?


TOO HARD
1. Are there more than 5 words on a page that you don’t know?
2. Are you confused about what is happening in most of this book?
3. When you read, does it sound pretty choppy?
4. Is everyone else busy and unable to help you?

 

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THE FIVE FINGER RULE

Open a book to any page, read it aloud, count the unknown words (using fingers to keep track is fine). If there are five or more on the page, the book is too hard for now. Read that book together!

COMPREHENSION

Ask your child a lot of questions about the story in general and about specific pages to see if he really understands what was read. If your child cannot tell you accurate and detailed information about the story she has read, chances are, it is too hard for now.

CONTENT

Some children in third grade have developed an extensive sight vocabulary. They may be reading chapter books. Make sure that the content is age-appropriate.

 
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