Reading A-Z: A Great Tool To Help Parents in Choosing the Fit Books for Your Child

One of the four essential abilities for language learning and practice is comprehension skills. Guided reading is one of the most common ways of improving reading comprehension abilities currently. Children will read books under the guidance and direction of teachers or parents using this technique, which includes the selection of the right books as well as a detailed reading plan.

Reading A-Z is a potential tool for guided reading that Everest Education will show to parents in this article. Reading A-Z includes a library of standard texts and books ideal for guided reading growth in youngsters. This tool also includes assessments and a Level Correlation Chart showing children’s reading comprehension levels based on Lexile, F&P, DRA and other tests.

What is Reading A-Z?

Reading A-Z is the award-winning website of the Learning A-Z platform, providing paid online learning resources.

Over 2,500 digital books (including English, Spanish, and French editions) and thousands of teaching and learning resources are available on Reading A-Z, continuously updated.

The Reading A-Z resources are for students in Kindergarten through Grade 7. Reading A-Z is also frequently utilized across special needs, extra reading, ESL and ELL programs.

How can Reading A-Z help parents in planning guided reading?

1. Leveled Books

After measuring your child’s current reading level, parents should look for books and passages that match that level. Reading A-Z has a library of books classified by level. The books are printable and include a reading guide, vocabulary sheet, supplementary reading activities, discussion questions, and phonics practice.

The books in Reading A-Z’s are graded on a scale of aa to Z2:

  • aa is the lowest level, which correlates to ages 4-6; Lexile of BR70L-10L, F&P of A, and DRA of A1. 
  • Z2 is the highest level, correlating to ages 9-11+, Lexile 920L-1120L, F&P Y-Z, DRA 70+.

To pick books for an 8-year-old, for example, parents should first measure your child’s current reading level using tools such as Lexile, DRA, or the Reading A-Z assessment tool itself. If your child has a DRA of 18 or a Lexile of 590L, choose the K level to find the matching books.

In addition to guided reading, Reading A-book Z’s library has a wide range of different genres for students to explore, including fiction, nonfiction, biographies, poetry, comics, and many more. For example, if your child enjoys reading nonfiction, you may begin with All About Kites at the K level.

2. The book will come with learning resources

Each Reading A-Z book is divided into two parts: Book Resources to download or print and Lesson Resources. For example, with the book All About Kites, there will be:

  • Guided Reading Lesson and Lesson Supplement. Based on these criteria, parents and teachers can help children improve their reading comprehension, increase their vocabulary, and finish the book in a reasonable length of time.
  • Ask and answer questions to understand nonfiction text.
  • Identify main idea and details
  • Identify the long vowel i
  • Recognize past-tense verbs and other discussion activities.

3. Other Reading A-Z features

This website, in addition to having a massive collection of books, also has other useful tools, including:

  • Assess: benchmark books and running records to assess your students. There’s also phonics, retelling rubrics,…
  • Books and resources correlated to state and Common Core Standards. You can use the Resource Correlations tool to find Common Core-aligned resources from Reading A-Z, the ELL Edition, Writing A-Z, or Science A-Z or view all correlated resources at once. 
  • Level Correlation Chart. If your child has identified the reading level using another method such as DRA, parents can use this chart to find your child’s level on Lexile, Learning AZ Text Leveling System, etc.

Reading A-Z can help children improve and practice their reading abilities. Parents should keep in mind that before instilling a love of reading in youngsters, you should define your child’s reading level first. From there, you can pick the right books for your child to enjoy reading time and enhance reading skills at each level.

Having good reading and writing skills is crucial for success when your child steps into the international environment. That’s why with Everest Education, our English Language Arts classes strongly focus on these skills. We take children from basic conversational English to academic English.

In our classes, English is taught through context.  Rather than just drilling vocabulary and basic grammar, students will access literary analysis methods and develop research and presentation skills in a native English-speaking environment.  Students write their own essays and learn to express their ideas convincingly and engagingly from that foundation.  These are essential skills for students who plan to study in an international environment in the future.

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