Children are introduced to reading and writing in kindergarten and students are starting phonics. They spend a lot of time in the classroom with books; a large part of every day is devoted to teacher-led storytelling. Young people have a lot of chances of...

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First grade is mainly dedicated to reading. The focus is to read (silently and aloud) first-grade texts, such as E.H. The Little Bear books of Minarik, the Danny and the Dinosaur of Syd Hoff, and the Frog and Toad books of Arnold Lobel. Phonics work is cr...

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Second-grade students continue to study reading. You may need to do more explicit phonics, review what you learned and practice with new letter-sound patterns. Decoding (i.e. turning letters into speech sounds) should be almost automatic for most children...

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Third-grade students should be able to decode most single and two-syllable words (i.e. turn letters into speech sounds) and increasingly decode multi-syllable words. The overall goal this year is to read (aloud and silently) third – grade texts, suc...

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