Look and Listen... | Regardez et écoutez ...
Helping Your Child Choose a Book |
Comment choisir un livre
To become a better reader, a child needs to read every day. Asking your child questions will determine if a book is easy, just right or too hard.
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Reading easy books is fun and builds your child’s confidence as a reader. If your child answers yes to these questions, the book is probably easy.
- Have you read it many times before?
- Does the story make sense to you?
- Do you know and understand almost every word?
- Does your reading sound smooth (like talking)?
Reading just right books gives your child the opportunity to practise using different reading strategies.
- Is this book new to you?
- Do you understand what you have read so far?
- Are there just 2 or 3 words on each page you don’t know?
- Are some places in your reading smooth and other parts a bit choppy?
- Do you know what is happening in the story or what you are learning?
Reading a book that is too hard can be frustrating and makes it difficult for your child to understand what
he/she is reading.
If your child answers yes to these questions, encourage your child to try this book later or read this book
to your child.
- Are there 4 or 5 words on a page you don’t know?
- Are you confused about what is happening in most of the book?
- Does your reading sound choppy?
The Five Finger Rule | Règle des 5 doigts
When your child is able to read books with several sentences on a page, encourage him/her to use the Five Finger Rule.
- Choose a page in the middle of the book. | Choisis une page au milieu
- Begin reading. | Commences à lire.
- Put up one finger each time you stumble over a word or come to a word you do not know. | Lèves un doigt à chaque fois que tu ne peux pas lire un mot.
- Stop reading at the end of the page. | Arrètes de lire à la fin de la page.
If you have 0 to 3 fingers up, go ahead and read the book.
If you have 4 to 5 fingers up, the book is too hard.