We hear that schools cannot “do it all.” That means it is our responsibility to be engaged in the learning process right along with our children.
Sometimes that seems a little overwhelming. By knowing what our child is learning and reading about in school, and what they might be extra excited about, we can grab that opportunity to select contemporary and exciting books that have been leveled to compliment the guided reading program their school participates in. By reading these books to them and having them read to us, we not only stop and spend quality time with our child, we also get a chance to see where they might need a little more attention or help.
Providing our children books leveled to compliment their school reading program gives them more practice, and it enhances the efforts our teachers are putting out to assure our kids grow up with the reading skills that will be the base tools for success in whatever career or life path they choose to pursue.
Guided reading programs are not new, they’ve been around for a long time. Unfortunately budget problems can reduce the variety of quality reading materials a school / teacher is able to offer to your child. LeveledReader.com is a book store that was started out of the desire to bridge the gap between the efforts of your child’s teacher and the support you give your child at home. Our staff has years of experience as teachers and parents, as well as with the guided reading leveling systems used by most schools such as Wright Group, Reading Recovery, Fountas and Pinell, Developmental Reading Assessment, Rigby Literacy and Lexile.
When you browse our book and book set selections you may discover that our leveling system does not match a particular list your school uses “exactly”. This is because we are leveling each book based on it’s content and our interpretation of how it should be used to enhance, not just duplicate, your child’s current leveled reading program.
In future posts we will discuss additional details about our leveling criteria so that teachers, parents and others that are buying books to compliment a childs school reading program will have the tools necessary to buy quality, contemporary books for their child’s library.