This year my son is in first grade. One of the homework assignments that he has is that he needs to read at least 15 minutes every day. This is addition to any time that we spend reading to him. He is not a fluent reader yet. At first I was having him struggle through his beginning reader books, sounding words out and helping him along. What I notices was that he was getting very frustrated. I want him to enjoy reading and getting him frustrated at this early stage of the game was not the way to go about it.
Another option was to have him look through books. I had almost jumped completely over this option because I have such a strong desire for him to be reading. I have to remind myself that he will read and that I have to be careful not to turn him off by pushing to hard.