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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:
  • Discuss positional words such as beside, below, under, over, etc. Make it into a game at dinner by asking your child to place his or her fork in different places in relation to his or her plate. For example, “Put your fork above your plate,” “Put your fork under your plate.”
  • Before reading a book, discuss books using literacy terms such as author, title, illustrator, title page, etc.
  • Discuss ordinal words such as first, last, beginning, middle, etc.

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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