Picking a Just Right Book
Reading "Just Right Books"
Goldilocks tried the Three Bears' porridge, chairs, and beds. She found the ones that were "just right" for her. The books your child reads can be thought of in the same way. A book that is "just right" is one that your child can read independently. It is not too hard and it is not too easy. It's a good fit - it's "just right".
Here is one way to help your child choose such a book. Teachers call it the
FIVE FINGER RULE
Go to the first couple of pages of a book, count the unknown words (using fingers to keep track is fine). If there are five or more, the book is too hard for now. That's a book to read with someone or save for a later time.
Periodically ask your child questions about the story in general and about specific chapters or pages to see if he/she really understands what is being read. It also is important to monitor your child's choices for appropriate content. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.