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Honestly, at home, I don’t stress difficulty or reading level.
Research says that a good ratio of challenge is about 80/20. 80% mastered and 20% challenging (but reasonable).
I suspect that if reading is difficult, the school books already have the challenging part of the ratio covered.
Reading easy books that are high interest does two positive things.
#1 – In reinforces automaticity and confidence.
#2 – It keeps reading from being an aversive experience.
In fact, if you feel that the reading level is WAY too low. Read the books that you feel are better to him every night and have him follow along. Or have him read one sentence per page/paragraph and then you finish. You will be building beautiful memories and make reading time the best part of the day!