First Grade
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Emergent Readers

Emergent books typically have more text than books at the pre-emergent level but still feature large print and plenty of white space. Emergent readers have more text to decode and a more complex storyline to follow.

Children at the emergent reading level will:
  • Recognize many of the "Words to Know"
  • Use beginning and ending sounds to figure out simple words
  • Listen to themselves read, stop when they make an error and go back and correct the error themselves
  • Begin to recognize and read word endings, such as -s, -es, -ing, -er, etc.

Activities to do at home:
  • Ask questions as you read with your first grader to check for and encourage comprehension and retelling. Discuss who, what, where, when, why and how questions. Ask questions about characters, pot, key components or places.
  • Write a classic story but create different alternative endings. Add detail and illustrate the story. Changing a story helps sparks imagination, creativity and writing skills.
  • As you read a book with your child, follow the text with your finger. This action will show her how a sentence progresses across the page. This will teach your child concepts of print; where to start reading on the page, left to right, return sweep.
  • Reading starts with recognizable signs, words and pictures. Read everything you see such as street signs, movie posters, store signs, billboards and food containers. This helps children see that reading is an integral part of everyday life. Bring a few of your child's favorite books everywhere you go, such as doctor's appointments, long car trips, the grocery store, just name a few. This shows children they can read for pleasure in many environments.

Emergent Readers have orange labels on the spine.

For more suggestions and activities on Raising a Reader, follow our Grow Up Reading™ Board on Pinterest

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