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October 2, 2013

Use Google Advanced Search to Narrow Results to Your Child’s Reading Level

Did you know you can do an “advanced search” on Google? I didn’t.

As a pediatric speech therapist, I am always encouraging parents to have their children look up vocabulary that comes up in conversation, reading, or homework activities that their child does not yet have a good understanding of. Internet searches have already become the primary avenue for finding this information. The days of hard-back dictionaries and encyclopedias are long over. However, the amount of information to weed through in order to find what you are looking for can be overwhelming.

You can now refine your searches to be more appropriate for the reading level of your child by using the following steps in Google:

Step 1: search for your topic of interest

Step 2: click the gear on the right-hand side of the page

Step 3: select “advanced search”

Step 4: scroll down to ‚Äúreading level” and select ‚Äúshow basic results‚Äù

Happy searching! 

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