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What You Need to Know About Improving Reading Comprehension at Home

Your kids get reading practice at school, but you’d like to continue the effort at home. Despite your good intentions, you may not be sure where to start. The Lexile Framework can take the stress out of targeted after-school reading practice. With Lexile on your side, you can boost your kids’ reading comprehension and confidence.

1. About The Lexile Framework

Lexile values measure the reading level of both kids and books. Here’s how it works.

First, your child takes a short test to identify his current reading level. The results may show a Lexile measure that’s less than 200L, higher than 1700L, or anywhere in between.

Reading experts assign books a corresponding Lexile measure. This score provides parents quick information about the difficulty level of a book.

2. Using Lexile to Select Books

Kids have the best shot at improving their reading comprehension when they read books that match their current ability. That’s why knowing your child’s Lexile measure is so valuable.

Your goal is to steer your reader toward books in her Lexile range. That’s anywhere from 100 points below her Lexile measure to 50 points higher than it.

Books within this range can increase kids’ confidence in their reading abilities. They may be motivated to read more often. Even better, enjoying texts within the correct range can actually raise kids’ comprehension abilities. In turn, Lexile measures keep going up and up.

3. LightSail’s Reading Comprehenion Tools

The Lexile Framework is woven into the fabric of LightSail for Home. We offer built-in assessments to determine your children’s Lexile measures. Not only that, but we also provide jam-packed libraries with texts at every Lexile level.

Through the LightSail platform, your kids will always have correctly leveled books right at their fingertips. As they engage with those texts, their reading comprehension will grow. We’ll keep on assessing their skills and raising their Lexile measures to match. Every step of the way, your kids will have access to books that are just right for their current abilities.

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Posted on 9.Sep.21 in Reading at Home Tips

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How do I know what books are right for my child?

LightSail takes the guesswork out of choosing books for your child by tailoring each child’s library to their precise reading level.

By honing in on a child’s precise Lexile reading score, LightSail can match them with books that are at that “just-right” level to promote optimal reading progress.

And because LightSail contains such a wide-ranging array of content, there is always a vast selection of books for any topic or interest.

What ages/grades is LightSail for?

LightSail’s Premium and Standard subscriptions are designed for children in grades 3 through 12 (ages 8-18).

We also have a World Book Kids subscription for grades 1 through 2 (ages 5-7) and a World Book Early Learners subscription for PreK through K (ages 2-5).

Is LightSail different from an Amazon Kindle or other e-readers?

Unlike static e-readers, LightSail doesn’t just offer children books.

Every book and article in LightSail contains 6 layers of added features that let your child experience books.

By adapting to a child’s precise reading ability, offering them content that is at that “just-right” reading level to promote literacy growth, and providing a fully customizable, rewarding reading experience, LightSail unlocks the magic of reading in ways no physical book or static e-reader can.

What types of parental control do I have over my child’s activity and content?

In short, complete control.

LightSail contains an entire suite of parental control features that govern every aspect of the platform from video viewing, to chats, to what content can be seen and accessed.

Additionally, LightSail’s revolutionary ChildSafe Content Controls lets parents screen and block content according to dozens of nuanced subcategories based on maturity factors, family values, and religious topics.

How can I make reading fun for my child?

LightSail incorporates gamification features into every aspect of the platform, especially reading!

By integrating badges, goals and milestones, social sharing options, motivational messages, and the ability for parents to add customizable gift rewards, LightSail incentivizes reading, writing, and learning just like kids’ favorite games.

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