Leveled Reading Removes One-Size Fits All Approach

Leveled Literacy System by Copernicus Educational

Because grade level divisions vary in so many different ways, it is important to consider what is appropriate for your child. Children are exposed to many different experiences and you should focus on what is developmentally appropriate for your child, rather than what others think is above or below your child’s grade level.

Leveled reading removes the “one size fits all” approach to reading, and gives each child the opportunity to develop essential skills at his own pace.

Leveled reading book lists were developed:

  • For parents, who need help in finding books in their child’s reading level.
  • For teachers, who need a leveled book list or  help building a leveled reading library in their classroom.

One way to determine the reading level of a children’s book is to check the back cover. Paperback books typically include the reading level. However, publisher designations can be confusing. For example, you could find a book designated as 0812 in one bookstore. Then, you pick up another version of the same book and see it designated as 0712. (Reading levels are generally only printed on the paperback versions of books.)

The most fundamental aspect of teaching guided reading is that the children should have plenty of support from parents and teachers. To help your children benefit from guided reading activities:

  • Encourage group exercises.
  • Include silent and reading out loud activities.
  • Consistently test comprehension and retention. For example, you can do this at home with your child by talking about the story later in the day, and asking each other questions.
  • Introduce new topics to your child. Spending an afternoon with your child at the local library helps improves their reading skills, and is a great way to get to know your child even better!

Incorporate a leveled reading program into your classroom with a Book Browser Cart or Leveled Literacy System.

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