Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The 5-Finger Rule

Struggling with how to find out if a book is too hard, too easy, or just right for your child?
When books are too challenging, it can be frustrating and your child may get discouraged. Books on your child’s reading level will help build confidence and allow them to grow as a reader!
Check out The 5- Finger Rule!

In order to use this strategy, have your child open a book to the middle and begin reading. For each word the child doesn’t know, put up one finger. If at the end of the page you have:
0-1 fingers up- too easy
1-2 fingers up- perfect choice
3-4 fingers up- give it a try
5+ fingers up- too hard
Please keep in mind that the 5- Finger Rule doesn’t measure comprehension.  It’s just a quick and easy way to find books your child can read independently.

Maybe you don’t need this rule because you already know your child’s reading level.  

We are halfway through the school year.  At this point your child’s teacher has probably shared their reading level with you.  
They may have given you a letter (guided reading level). They may have given you a number (Lexile measure).  Both work!

Now you need help finding books on their level.
Wouldn’t it be great if the books had their level listed right on the cover?  
Since they don’t...
These links should help!
  • Check out this LIST of books by title and author.  
Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist, Consultant & Owner, Preschool Readers
PS Join us THIS Saturday, March, 5th at 10:30 am at our Little Free Library located in Kate Jackson Park near Hyde Park Village for FREE storytime!

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