What does too easy, too hard and just right look like?
We want to make sure the books we send you are just right for your child. The ideal reading book is one that gives your child a little bit of challenge.
After finding the right starting point, children are usually ready to move up a book band every three months, given they have good support at home and at school. When The bear can read are getting ready to send books from the next book band, we include a card to show you the key features at your child’s current level and what additional challenges the new level might present. The difference between bands is subtle; your child will move on with a nudge, not a bump. Re-reading past books is also a great way to build your child’s confidence and focus on fluency, expression and comprehension.
- they can race through it, reading every word quickly, or
- they think it is uninteresting
Don’t forget to check your child’s story comprehension. Ask your child about the story line, the characters, the main event and the ending. If they are confident readers they will be able to do this and it is a sign that they are ready for the next book band level.
Ideally your child should be able to read 9/10 words independently. If they are sounding out more words than this in one sentence or really struggling to read the book, the book is too hard.
You’ll know the book is just right if your child has to work out some of the words, but not so many they must stop and start and lose the thread of the story. Are they enjoying predicting what is about to happen? Can they tell you something similar that happened to them? Can they predict what might happen next or can they think of a different ending? Maybe a different title too? Would they like to go on a similar adventure? Can they tell you why? Does this book remind them of another story they might have read? Having a conversation about the book is a great indication your child is reading at the right level.