Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reading on the level

I love reading aloud to my boys, especially when they're ready for chapter books. My boys have figured out if they want to stay up late they just have to say, "One more chapter, it's so good!" Last night Double Fudge by Judy Blume made it so I didn't fold the laundry, clean up the kitchen, or get enough sleep. We have so much fun with different books, but I have to be careful about reading above their level of understanding. Today my five-year old asked me to read him the Star Wars Trilogy. Um, probably not something he's going to understand or enjoy. Is it wrong to read a book above their level of understanding? Parent's Corner has a great article about choosing "Just Right" books. Basically it's important for the subject matter to be something your child will enjoy and not be too far above or below their level so they stay interested. I usually try to follow these guidelines but after I've read picture books with my five-year old he climbs onto the top bunk and listens to his older brothers' books until he falls asleep. I hope I'm not messing him up somehow, but that's just how it works right now. How do you keep your children interested in reading yet challenge them? What works well for your family as far as a reading aloud schedule?

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