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When it comes to reading, the first step is to choose a magazine or book. Don't underestimate the process of selecting the right reading material. If the chosen book or magazine is too easy, your child won’t be interested; on the contrary, if the material is too challenging, your child can get frustrated. This is why it is very important for children to have reading materials suitable for their reading level. In recent years, many people have adopted a simple method called the “Five Finger Rule” to help gauge whether reading material is at the right difficulty level. This month, we’ve put our 9 magazine online (for free!) so you can test out the effectiveness of the Five Finger Rule.

The Five Finger Rule

Randomly select a page in the magazine to read. When you encounter a strange word, raise a finger. After reading this page, count the number of raised fingers:

  • Zero fingers = too easy (language is too simple)
  • 1 ~ 3 fingers = just right (indicating that the difficulty is just right)
  • 4 ~ 5 fingers = quite hard so go slow (indicating a little challenging)
  • 5 fingers or more = too hard for now (too challenging)

Click the icons below to view the digital version of the magazines.

  • box magazines

  • Story Box
  • Adventure Box
  • chinese magazines

  • Little Toy Car
  • Little Red Apple
  • Little Red Panda
  • Red Apple
  • White Antelope

Box Magazines ( From left to right )

  1. StoryBox - Merlock and Doctor Carrot Investigate ( Aged 3 - 8 )
  2. StoryBox - A Great Little King ( Aged 3 - 8 )
  3. AdventureBox - Disappearing Books ( Aged 6 - 9 )
  4. DiscoveryBox - The night sky ( Aged 9 - 14 )

Chinese Magazines ( From left to right )

  1. Little Red Apple - 驚喜生日蛋糕 ( Aged 3 - 8 )
  2. Little Red Apple - 幸福是甚麽 ( Aged 3 - 8 )
  3. Red Apple - 海上奇案 ( Aged 6 - 9 )
  4. White Antelope - 勇闖彼思動畫製作室 ( Aged 9 - 14 )
  5. White Antelope - 送走過敏 ( Aged 9 - 14 )