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Which reading stage is my child in?

A child who is learning to read typically goes through four distinct stages; pre-reader, beginning, intermediate, and advanced. Where does your child fit in?

The Pre-Reader – (Average age is 2 to 4 years old) A child is considered a pre-reader (also called pre-emergent reader) if the following apply:
•    He does not yet comprehend that the pages of books have words that tell the story.
•    He still plays with books like they are toys.
•    He likes to look at the brightly coloured pictures in a book, but does not grasp that the pictures relate to the story.

The Beginning Reader – (Average age is 4 to 6 years old) A child is considered a beginning reader (also known as an emerging reader) if the following apply:
•    They have memorised stories and will try to read them many times.
•    Uses the pictures on the pages to help read the story.
•    Still has problems answering questions about a storybook.
•    Reads out loud without stopping for periods or pausing at commas.
•    When a word is difficult, they sound out the first letter and make up the rest or completely leave the word out.

The Intermediate Reader – (Average age is 6 to 8 years old) A child is considered an intermediate reader if the following apply:
•    Reads fairly smooth but stops to sound out words occasionally.
•    Uses context clues (details of the picture or other words in the sentence) to gain the meaning of the story.
•    Can usually figure out the meaning of a complex word from the rest of the sentence or paragraph.
•    Is able to answer questions about the story.
•    Enjoys reading new books, as opposed to the pre-reader or beginning reader who may still want the same story read night after night.

The Advanced Reader – (Average age is 8 years old and up) A child is considered an intermediate reader if the following apply:
•    Can read smoothly without breaks.
•    Reads out loud expressively and pauses for commas, stops for periods, etc.
•    Likes books that do not have pictures.
•    Reads full chapter books and comprehends what he reads.
•    Can answer multiple questions about a book.
•    Shows interest in longer and more detailed books.

More questions

Sometime around the age of four, your child will begin to take an interest in his name. This is because he is starting to learn letters and can recognise those letters that belong in his name.
Get your child’s attention immediately by whispering to him - this let’s your child think that something fantastic is about to happen!
Most four year old children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
At four years of age, most children are just beginning to understand the concept that letters make words, and words tell a story.
You will find that your child is a very willing little helper at this age. Let him help you with anything that you feel he is capable of doing - all these things will help to teach him responsibility.
A typical 4 year old child is usually able to count up to ten or more
At 4 years of age, a child’s learning method is very visual.
By three years old, your child is more aware of colours, and with a little help, he or she should be able to tell them apart, and name them, soon.
A typical 3 year old can hold up the correct number of fingers when they are asked how old they are.
Even though it’s too early for your three year old to learn how to read, you can help kick start the process with a few easy tips.

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