Today I would like to try to empower you to choose books that your child will be able to read from the start, so that you can avoid wasting precious time and money on books that just don't fit. First, I will tell you that I believe we all have it within us to trust others more than ourselves. Even as a licensed teacher with a doctorate, I can sometimes look at a list that someone else developed and doubt my own abilities. So if you are feeling this way, you are not alone. But we can do this, and we can feel confident that Mason's approach does work. So let me give you a few tools that you can use to make sure books will fit before you buy them.
The Rule of 5
Finding Out Your Child's Reading Levels
If you want a more comprehensive snapshot of your child's reading level, you can use this one. It will tell you which specific decoding skills your child has mastered and which ones need instruction. I would only use this one if your child is having serious reading problems.
Finding Out the Reading Level of a Book
I hope this helps you have confidence in choosing books for your child. Reading level is not the only factor, but it is a critical one. Have a great day!