First, listen to a selection of text up to 100 words (if there are not that many words in the selection, that is fine). Keep track of the number of errors your child makes.
- If your child reads from 95% to 100% of the words correct, the book is perfect for reading independently.
- If 90%-94% of the words are read correctly, the book is good for them to read with you helping.
- If your child reads 89% of the words correct or below, it is too hard. You should either read it to him/her or put it up for later.