When children are learning to read, they need support beyond the classroom in order to become fluent readers. In order to Support provided at home is key during this transition time. Creating a print rich environment where reading is a daily activity is encouraged for helping your struggling beginning reader. Students who read a minimum of 20 minutes per day at home are exposed to a wider vocabulary and score higher on standardized tests.
The first step is to figure out your child’s reading level from their teacher. They will give you a number, range, or letter, that corresponds to their level based upon a standard reading tests that is taken at the beginning of the school year or other assessments throughout the school year. Use that level to determine books for your child that they can both read independently and also as a stretch. Stretch books can be read as a family where you can provide scaffolding with phonics and comprehension.
When you receive the score from your child’s teacher, you can use a Leveled Text Chart along with Lexile.com to help you and your child pick appropriate books. In addition, if it is available, all of the major online book resellers have Lexile Levels available within the description of the book. Librarians at your local library or your child’s school can help you to find books that are appropriate for your child to read at home.
Have you found that knowing your child’s reading level has help you to implement a home reading environment for your child?
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