Step 2: Emergent Reading Stage

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Children at this stage continue to “read” from books they’ve heard repeatedly. Gradually, these readings demonstrate the intonation patterns of the adult reader and language used in the book. Emergent readers are just beginning to control early reading strategies such as directionality, word-by-word matching, and concepts of print. They use pictures to support reading and rely heavily on
their knowledge of language (Holdaway, 1979; Pinnell, 1996b; Snow, Burns, & Griffin, 1998)

  • Knows how books work – using left to right directionality of print
  • Matches spoken words to written words
  • Uses pictures to help read unknown words
  • Understands relationships between sounds and letters
  • Learns that text is a common way to tell a story

Read on to learn more about each stage:

Step 3: Early Reader Stage

Step 4: Fluent Reader Stage

Step 5: Advanced Fluency Stage

Return to first stage:

Step 1: Foundation Stage

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Rachel Walker

Publishing Director | Flying Start Books

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