This is the time of year when many schools administer Early Reader Screenings. These screenings consist of a few key measurements to identify students who may be at risk for reading difficulties. These students should be closely monitored as they progress through school.
Research shows that learning to read is a process that begins long before children enter kindergarten. During the pre-K years, children develop early literacy skills that set the stage for reading.
Three of the most important pre-reading skills your child needs to become a successful reader are:
1) Print awareness (understanding the concepts of words and letters and directionality of text)
2) Alphabet knowledge (being able to identify letter shapes and their corresponding names)
3) Phonemic awareness (ability to distinguish the individual sounds within a word and to blend and segment those sounds)
An important note: screenings are a small snapshot of your child's overall learning profile. They may not identify all children who will have difficulty learning to read. However, the screenings have proven to be a good predictor of whether a child is at risk of having reading difficulties. This allows parents and teachers to be proactive in addressing these areas.
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