Finding the right book for your child to read can be a much more difficult task than you’d expect. You don’t want them to get bored while reading it and then dislike the experience, but you also want to make sure that they are benefitting from it. So, what’s a parent to do? Here are a few things to consider when helping our child find a book to read, whether it’s for school or fun:
- Reading level: This is a tricky one. It is important to make sure that the book is neither too challenging nor too easy. Reading is a great way to expand vocabulary, but too many misunderstood words can be an obstacle. Here’s a quick test to check that it is just right for your child: Have them circle or write down all of the words they don’t know on a single page. If it’s 5 or more, it’s likely a little too challenging. 0-1 and it might be to easy. In between? Perfect!
- Interest: Of course you’ll want to consider the types of books and subjects your child might be interested in. Maybe your child prefers non-fiction over fiction, or history rather than science. Talk it out with them and see how many books you can find related to what they want to know more about.
- Studies: Don’t forget to consider what your child is currently learning. A book on the side can be a great way to supplement lessons on a particular subject. This could mean getting into the head of a character living in a specific time and place or even reading up on the scientists responsible for an invention. The possibilities are really endless.
How do you go about finding great books for your children to read? Do you encourage them to read for fun or expand their knowledge? Let us know in the comments!