Determine the reading level of your child will allow you to make reading at home enjoyable. It is important not to go by size, age or how many years your child has been in school. You want reading to be fun and something they turn to for entertainment.
A quick trip to a book store or library will give you plenty of levels for your child to try.
Have your child select several books on different levels. Classic books generally are written on many levels making it easy to find the exact level that will work.
Find a quiet corner for your child to read aloud to you. Count one mistake for each word your child is unable to pronounce. If he immediately corrects the error, it is not counted as a mistake. If your child omits a word, ask him to read the line again more carefully. If your child misses a word, tell him to go on. When your child has finished reading the paragraph or page count up the mistakes.
Your child can do this themselves by holding up one hand, they never want a book that they have more than five mistakes. It will be a frustration to read. Have them hold up five fingers putting one down for every mistake.
Explain that the purpose is for them to determine their independent reading level so reading will be fun.
Independent Reading Level
0-3 mistakes…Your child will have no problem with this book. It will be fun and likely to be read many times. The Independent Reading Level is that level of reading material at which your child can read with ease and independence; in other words your child will not need your help.
Instructional Reading Level
4-5 mistakes…Your child knows most of the words in this book. This is a book that will be fun to share with you. The Instructional Reading Level is that level of reading material that your child can read both orally and silently, when you are around to help him.
Frustration Reading Level
More than 5 mistakes…Your child will not enjoy this book independently. This is a book for you to read aloud to your child. Frustration Reading Level is material that is too hard because there are too many unknown words. You want to avoid expecting your child to read at the frustration level.
Finding the correct reading level for your child’s home reading is important. If you give your child material that is too hard, he may become frustrated and stop reading. Even if your child struggles through it, it will take an excessive amount of time and simply not be fun.
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Reading is the greatest single effort that the human mind undertakes, and one must do it as a child.