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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:
  • Have your child point to each word on the page as you read. This beginning literacy strategy will assist children with making print/story/illustration connections. This skill also helps build a child's tracking skills from one line of text to the next one.
  • Read the title of the book, as well as the author and illustrator. Look at the cover and ask your child to make a prediction. This will go a long way to ensure that a child incorporates prediction in his or her own reading practices. Prediction helps decipher words, picture clues and basic reading questions.
  • Read aloud to your child. This allows adults to model fluency, accuracy, and expression. Read books that focus on sounds and rhymes (e.g., Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss). Sound and rhyming activities foster phonological awareness (the understanding the sounds and meaning of spoken language).

Emergent Readers have orange labels on the spine.

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