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Determining a book’s “rightness” is a little like Goldilocks’ adventures in the home of the three bears. Was the porridge too hot, too cool, or just right? Is the book too hard, too easy, or just the right thing? How can we tell?
One way to tell is to use our fingers. When you’re at the library or shopping in the bookstore, pull some books off the shelves. Randomly select a page in the middle of a book. Ask your child to read the page aloud and raise a finger every time she comes to a word she doesn’t know. If there are only one or two unfamiliar words, she will probably be able to read the book on her own with
If there are three to five unfamiliar words, she may struggle a bit. This is a book that you want to read together with your child, so she won’t become frustrated… If there are more than five unfamiliar words, then the book will probably too difficult for your child. It’s better to wait until her vocabulary is larger. For ideas on how to increase your child’s vocabulary, see Chapters 5 and 6.
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