Most important is to encourage a child/student to select a book on subjects they are interested in reading.
- After choosing a book, suggest to the student/child to open it to a page anywhere in the middle of the book.
- Have them read the page to themselves.
- If they do not understand five or more of the words on the page, most likely the book is too difficult for their level to read alone.
- Give them an opportunity to share what they have read. This can be done in several ways:
Remember reading for enjoyment should be one level lower than the teaching level.
- Small group discussions
- Partner sharing
- Oral presentations
- Sharing with a student in lower grade (cross-age sharing)
- Parent sharing
Books for teaching can be more difficult, but whether you are a teacher or a parent, books at this level should have active guidance by you in the reading process.
Reading can then be most enjoyable at any level.