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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 describe the characters, settings, and major events in a story using key details. This will help them visualize what they are reading as well as encourage retelling skills.
  • Have your child act out her favorite story. Use props, dress up clothes or drawing to create a background. Let your child’s imagination be the guide to reenact the story.
  • Encourage your child to reread a favorite book until she can read it easily. This will build her confidence along with her fluency. For variety, encourage her to read the book to pets, stuffed animals, visiting friends and relatives.

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