Early Fluent Readers are in between learning how to read and being able to learn from reading.

About Early Fluent Readers

Early Fluent Readers have developed a strategic processing system that allows them to read for understanding and self-correct when they reach a point of difficulty.

Early Fluent Readers are able to take on new texts with more independence. Readers at this level can read longer, more complex texts fluently and, for the most part, with good comprehension and phrasing.

Readers at this development stage are typically ages 5 to 7. This is a critical stage in literacy development as academic progress depends on understanding and applying the information gathered through reading. After the third grade, less classroom time is spent on reading development and more time is spent on teaching subject matter through the use of text books.

Characteristics and Abilities of Early Fluent ReadersEmergent Reader with Danny

  • Problem solving and self-correction
  • Taking words apart using large, recognizable units or syllables
  • Reading for longer periods of time while maintaining interest
  • Reading more complex texts
  • Increasing awareness of story structure and meaning
  • Beginning to infer meaning, or make guesses, about the events of a story
  • Increasing control of visual patterns
  • Using context clues to problem solve

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Fountas, Irene C. and Pinnell, Gay Su. Guided Reading- Good First Teaching for All Children. Heinemann, 1996.