|Your child can be reading too fast. Think of it this way: If you were driving down the highway at 65 mph, how much much would you know about what you passed? You could probably remember some of the big things, but how about the details? Sometimes children can say the words on the page very quickly. This is part of fluency and is very helpful. It is not reading. Reading is making meaning of print.|
|Here is another way for you to know if the book is just right:
|Poor Retell- The Three Little Pigs“There was a pig that built a house with bricks. The wolf could not get him.”
||Good Retell- The Three Little Pigs“There were three little pigs that built houses. One pig made his house of straw and the wolf came and blew it down. He ate the pig! The second litte pig used sticks but the wolf still blew it down. He ate him too. (Wouldn’t the wolf be full?) There was a pig that built a house with bricks. The wolf could not get him.”
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|In Kent City Schools, we use the Rigby Benchmark Assessments in grades K-3. The chart will help you understand how your child’s Rigby level, which is a number, relates to a letter level you may find used.|
Are “Just Right” Books the Only Ones We Should Read?
|No! There are many ways you can use books at home that are too hard for your child to read independently:|
|Read to your child!||This is one of the favorite parts of our day. Children love being read to.When you read to your child you are modeling fluent reading with expression. You are able to read books that your child cannot read alone. You can discuss the story and practice retell with a beginning, middle, and end. You can talk about details in the story.|
|Your child can join in!||There may be some parts your child can read. Take turns reading.|
|Your child can read it after you.||You may notice that your child loves to read books you have already read aloud.In our class, I have a shelf where I place books that I have read aloud. The children are now familiar with the words and often read them finding the words less difficult.|
|Non-fiction books have features that will allow your child to read parts of the book and still learn many new things.||Often, the labels and picture captions are much easier to read and understand than the main text.You could read the main text and have your child try the captions with your support.|
|What if my child enjoys reading books that I know he or she does not understand?||Many children in first grade, especially after the second grading period, are very good at decoding (saying) the words. However, they may be unable to retell the story.I find that many children are motivated by reading chapter books, like Junie B. Jones, that I sometimes read to the children.If your child wishes to read these books, have him read it several times to pick up more details and do a good retell.|