The 5 Finger Test is a great way to select appropriate books for your child to read. The test provides you and your child a quick and easy way to gauge the difficulty of a book. It is quick test you can use in the library or book store before you make a selection.
Here are the steps that you and your child can use to select a book:
This book is easy for your child to read.
This book is easy to read but will have some new words to learn.
Perfect choice - this book is just right for your child.
A little hard but could be fun for your child to try. You will need to help your child when they read this book.
Difficult to read. An adult will need to read this book with your child.
5 or more Fingers
This book is probably too hard for your child to read. This book will need to be read with an adult.
It is wonderful to see your child reading every word of a book. However, you should still continue to challenge your child with books that they arent able to breeze through.
Generally, if your child struggles with 5 -6 words on one page, it is probably best to leave that book for a later date. If they are constantly getting stuck on unfamiliar or difficult words, they may get discouraged and lose interest altogether.
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