Reading Resource: Your Child's Reading Level

Literacy | 05/02/2018

Eura Chang
State Operations Coordinator

Do you know your child’s reading level?  Do you know how to find books that match your child’s reading level?

All the numbers and colors and letters that different people & schools use to measure reading levels can be confusing. Luckily, there are many resources out there that can help you more accurately understand at what level your child is reading and find books that are appropriate for that level. We will share a few resources with you today.

Many times, you may be looking for a book and may not be able to easily tell its reading level. In these cases, use the Five Finger Rule to quickly and easily determine if the book is at the right difficulty level for your child.

The Five Finger Rule: 

Have your child read one page from a book aloud to you. Your child will put up a finger every time they don’t know or understand a word. At the end of the page if your child has:

0-1 fingers: too easy – maybe find something a little more challenging

2 fingers: good level for child to read on their own

3 fingers: good if your child is up for the challenge!

4 fingers: too difficult read on their own – might be a good read to do with parents or an older sibling

5 fingers: too challenging

Print out our Five Fingers bookmark to always keep this information on-hand!

If you have information from your child's school about their reading level, check out these guides that include comparisons across grade levels, Istation, Lexile, DRA, and more.


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