Dedicated to Literacy
Reading is an important skill that is developed over time. It is important for teachers to know these stages in order to develop materials for specific types of readers. Rene Schillinger is an educational consultant in New York who is dedicated to helping schools improve their literacy rates by teaching them best practices that relate to the teaching of reading by teachers.
Emergent readers require enriching and enjoyable experiences with books. Picture books are great for this stage of development because it allows them to become comfortable with books before they can read independently. They help them begin to recognize letters and words, as well as language patterns.
Early readers have gained skills in predicting a word, often times using pictures to confirm their predictions. At this stage they are able to discuss the background of the story, helping them to better understand the actions in the story and the message it carries. Reading habits of risk-taking and of predicting and confirming words while keeping the meaning in mind are established during this stage.
Transitional readers like to read books that are a part of a series. A comprehension strategy, the shared characters, settings, and events help to support their reading development. Children at this stage have strategies to figure out most words but continue to need help understanding the more difficult text.
Fluent readers are confident in their abilities to understand texts and how they work. At this stage, they are reading independently. They are able to maintain meaning through longer and more complex exposure to language.
Reading development is an important part of literacy. Rene Schillinger is committed to helping teachers improve their methods for teaching reading comprehension and improving literacy among their students.