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Early Fluent Readers

Books at the early fluent level have smaller type size than pre-emergent and emergent readers, fewer or smaller pictures and more advanced vocabulary. These books also have a more complicated storyline.

Children at the early fluent reading level will:
  • Read smoothly with few mistakes, and decode unknown words fairly quickly
  • Continue to use pictures to understand the story, but will rely more on the text for understanding
  • Be aware of punctuation marks, and use their cues to read more expressively

Activities to do at home:
  • Early readers use decoding strategies to break down and decipher its meaning. Early Fluent readers might use these decoding strategies to make sense of what they are reading. Your child may use picture clues to help figure out an unknown word, look for sounds within the word that her/she already knows, reread the word, skip the word and read on for context clues. See what strategies work best for your child and remind them to use them while reading challenging words and text.
  • Visit The West Bloomfield Township Public Library and have your child pick books with predictable vocabulary and clear rhythmic patterns, so your child can hear the sound of fluent reading as he/she reads out loud.
  • Visit The West Bloomfield Township Public Library and pick up a copy of the Early Elementary Literacy Calendar. This interactive calendar will provide activities for families to do at home to practice reading skills.

Early fluent East Readers have a green label on the spine.