I am so excited about the revamping our company has undergone. Usborne Books & More has been around since the 70s but we are keeping on trend, as well. Tradition + Trend = T2.
Announcing – a website specifically on reading levels! I get asked a lot about reading levels – and now we have a website with that information. I had no idea how important reading levels were until volunteering in our school library. Much respect to having a system encouraging children to have books on hand that are right up their alley; however, I encourage you to get books for kids that are below, at, AND above their reading level.
Books “below level” are easy and keep it fun, giving your kids confidence, familiarity, and fluency. Ease of reading allows for smooth comprehension.
Books “at” their level help them gain skills and keep them engaged, while still giving them a challenge. It’s combination of looking for context clues to learn, while reading fast enough to comprehend most of the material.
Books above their level make great family read-alouds. Exposure to new words and sentence formations is essential as they learn English as a written language. Reading aloud is important to building fluency and vocabulary. In this way, a child builds a solid foundation for future learning. Their ability to absorb new information increases with more exposure.
Definitely use this website for help in determining good fits for what you are emphasizing but also incorporate EASE and REACH. Don’t forget the fun!!