When helping kids learn to read, nothing is more important than finding content that the child can engage with and enjoy. Leveled reading has its perks, but selecting and providing books that interest the child will not only teach a child to read, but it will make them a reader. In other words, when becoming a reader, a child enjoys the process of the beginning, middle and end of a story. and finds the process to be fulfilling. This is a stark contrast to simply sounding out sight words. National Geographic Kids does such a wonderful job at providing content that kids enjoy (with a wide range for everyone) and making the reading accessible and leveled.
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The National Geographic Kids Leveled Readers
My own beginning reader is in Kindergarten. He has always had an interest in sharks and other animals, and prefers books with facts and striking realistic visuals to many of the non-fiction books. The National Geographic Kids leveled readers are much more than just age/level appropriate words on a page.
With jokes, fun facts and engaging materials and questions, reading becomes an immersive experience for my little guy. He can almost imagine what it must be like to swim with his favorite shark!
My favorite of the leveled readers that we had the chance to check out was called Follow Me, a reader to practice and learn from with an adult. Each page had a side for the child to read from, and a side for the adult to read from. This kind of team reading with my son was like a collaborate project that we both really enjoyed! And it allowed for him to get some juicer content than from a book he would have been able to read solely on his own.
The National Geographic Kids Super Readers Program
The Super Readers Program is a really fun site where kids can download and print posters and fun prizes for completing some of these books! My guy loves to print out the bookmarks and the stickers. There are also some fun games on the site to play, which really helps bring the content of the books full-circle.
We had so much fun with National Geographic Kids leveled reader books and hope you get a chance to check them out too! Be a Super Reader!