Like riding a bicycle, reading comes quick to a few children, and frustratingly gradually to others. For guardians, it’s a knuckle-biter: having polished over and over on the basic slants of letters, sounds, and sight words, will your youngster push on without you? What’s more, what IS the right speed, at any rate?
On the off chance that you have a kindergartener or first grader, you may find out about “leveled perusers”: classroom books proposed to deal with the perplexity, and help kids progress. Tragically, in case you’re a parent, these “levels” can boggle the brain.
For a certain something, “leveled” books are not utilized as a part of each classroom. A few educators work totally with “phonics,” going sound by sound. Leveled perusers, by difference, concentrate on words and sentences of expanding unpredictability. Try not to stress, they’ve made some amazing progress since the Dick and Jane of yesteryear. As a parent, this is what you have to know:
Where do these levels begin?
The principal levels are thin books with one short sentence for every page, beside a related picture. For instance, page one could say “Mother is perusing,” alongside a photo of a lady with a book. On the following page, “Mother is running track,” et cetera. At this stage, educators need your kid to match words to content, and start to see designs in various words.
What about advanced leveled readers?
Leveled readers are ranked from Level A (or Level 1, depending on the series), which are used in kindergarten, all the way up to Level R (or 44, in some series), ending by fourth or fifth grade. As your child moves forward, you’ll see more text and different kinds of sentences, such as, “Did Mom win that big race again?” By the time kids hit Level J or so, they’ll probably be using actual trade books, such as Danny and the Dinosaur or the Henry and Mudge books.
Do these books teach phonics?
No, but teachers usually do. As kids come across new words in their leveled readers, teachers will introduce phonics as a strategy for reading them. In addition, many schools also have a formal phonics curriculum.
Can I buy leveled books at a regular store?
No and yes. Reading levels, such as those in the DRA or Reading Recovery series, popular with schools, are assigned by educational publishers and writers working in conjunction with literacy experts. They start with very basic sentences and move on slowly from there. In contrast, “Early Readers” at the store aren’t quite so “early.” They usually correspond to mid- to-high-range leveled readers from school. So don’t be discouraged if your child takes one look at one of those store-bought books and throws it – he or she just isn’t ready… yet.
While these are general guidelines, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to leveled readers. Your child’s actual class will move with its own style and pace. To understand what’s going on, and how you can help, make sure you attend your child’s Back to School night in the fall. Introduce yourself to the teacher, and stay in touch. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Working together, you and your teacher can help your child become an avid reader – no training wheels needed! – for life.