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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:
  • Have your child select his/her books to read, any genre as long as its developmentally appropriate. This will encourage your child to become independent, as well as find a topic of reading that interests him/her. Indulge her taste for books about princesses or even favorite characters such as Star Wars or Elephant and Piggie. Children who like to read will continue to improve their skills and will broaden their reading tastes.
  • Read with expression (using different tone of voice), emphasizing and exaggerating question marks, exclamation marks, commas, etc. This will help your child understand how punctuation affects reading, as well as how stories can change in tone and mood.
  • Easy readers often use several different strategies to predict a word, often using pictures to confirm predictions. It’s important to allow time when reading for risk-taking; to sound out words, predicting and confirming words that make sense while keeping the meaning and comprehension in mind.

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

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Library Director:  Clara Nalli Bohrer    |    Youth Services Coordinator:  Jill Bickford    |    Early Childhood Specialist:  Emily Vickers

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