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School-Age Readers


From kindergarten through third grade, your child's ability to read will grow by leaps and bounds. Although teachers provide lots of help, you can continue to play a role in your child's reading life.

A child first learning to read gets more information from listening to books than from reading them independently. This is especially true of vocabulary - your child will learn more about what words mean by hearing books read aloud and discussing words with you than from reading on his or her own.

And even as your child's reading skills improve, reading aloud together can foster a sense of closeness and help improve vocabulary and reading skills. When you encourage your child to talk about characters or share reactions to books, you are reinforcing the connection between books and your child's own life. You also show that you take your child's reading seriously and care about what he or she reads. Positive, loving attention from you helps your child feel safe, accomplished, and loved.

Your Growing Reader
Let's look at how reading usually progresses from kindergarten to third grade.

Kindergarten. Most kindergarteners are on the cusp of becoming readers. They "read" stories by looking at pictures and relying on memory. By the end of the school year they will probably know most letters and their sounds and start to read and write simple words. They might be able to read simple text as well.

First grade. In this year, most kids learn to recognize printed words. Your child will sound out words, recognize some by sight, and know what they mean. Most first-graders can read simple books independently by the end of the school year.
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