Beginning reading books

Monday, February 7th, 2011

What are beginning reading books?

Does your child know his/her alphabet out of order and the sounds each letter makes? Children are ready to read at different ages. Some are ready at 3 (but not most) and others still lack interest at 6. However, most children are ready for beginning reading books when they know their letters and the sounds they make as well as show an interest in reading.

How will I know when my child is showing an interest in reading?

  • Does your child pick up books pointing to a word and asking what it says or point to signs or words on familiar products in and around your home?
  • Does your child point to each word instead of groups of words while attempting to read or while pretend reading?
  • Does your child enjoy re-read familiar stories or memorizing them?
  • Either way, make sure to have plenty of books in your home.  Studies have confirmed having books in your home alone will make a difference in your child’s reading success.

What does a beginning reader look like?

Beginning reading books will motivate your child by providing them with immediate reading success.

  • Beginning reading books include simple repetitive sentences with only one minor change on each page. This might look like…She went to the park. She went to the house.
  • They focus on commonly used words such as the, and, a, there, this which account for approximately 70% of the words we read in all books.
  • They should include one sentence per page.
  • Text is heavily supported by illustrations in beginning reading books.
  • Beginning reading book topics should motivate students to want to learn to read.
  • Beginning reading books should incorporate reading comprehension questions.

Need beginning reading books? Check out Stepping Stones Together for immediate access to 90 beginning readers.

Is there anything else? What beginning reading programs have you used? Which have you enjoyed?

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