Reading Development

General Guidelines for Reading Development

Age 4

  • Learns letter names and sounds
  • Begins to spell 3 sound words 

Age 5

  • Can read 3 sound words accurately
  • Beginning to spell short words

Age 6 

  • Reads 1 syllable words accurately
  • Spells 1 syllable words with reasonable accuracy
  • Reads orally to parent 10-15 minutes each day

Age 7 

  • Reads 1 syllable words accurately
  • Reads 2 syllable words with few errors
  • Spells 1 syllable words with few errors
  • Begins to read chapter books
  • Reads 1 or 2 short books to parent each week

Age 8  

  • Reads 2 syllable words and spells 1 syllable words accurately
  • Reads 2-3 short books each week

Age 9

  • Reads 3 syllable words and spells 2 syllable words accurately
  • Reads one 1 fiction or nonfiction book per month

Age 10 and Beyond

  • Fluent reader
  • Reads 2 books per month
  • Reads to acquire information

 

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