We spend a part of every day reading self-selected books. Reading, like any skill, improves with practice.
We are anxiously awaiting the opening of our classroom library. We have been learning how to choose a book on our reading level- a just right book. Yesterday, I read the folktale, Cinderella, and explained that choosing a book is like trying to find a shoe that fits. A shoe that is too small is like a book that is too easy. It was a just right book when they were younger, but now they have grown and it is time to find a better fit. I also ran around in a shoe that was too large for me and the children immediately recognized that it was like choosing a book that was too hard. One day, the book will be a just right book, but they need to wait until they are ready. We also discussed that we don’t wear the same size shoes, so the books we read will probably not be the same either. Just like the prince tried to find the maiden that was a perfect fit for the shoe, we need to find a book that is a perfect fit for us!