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Reading Readiness: 7 signs that a child is ready to go from listening to reading

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How can you tell if a child is ready to go from listening to stories to reading stories?

Below is a list of behaviours, skills, and interests which indicate that a child is ready for reading. 

If a child is under  4 1/2 years and is already reading or strongly showing the characteristics listed below he/she may have a special gift in reading.  Click here for an article about this.

Formal reading instruction begins usually when a child starts primary school.

Possibly your main interest in looking at this checklist is to use it to assess if a child turning age 5 is ready for learning to read at school.  

The list can be useful also as a source of ideas for parents and early childhood teachers who are supporting a young child to develop pre-reading skills. 

 



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