Do you have a child using the Emerging Reader’s Set?
The Emerging Reader’s Set provides a collection of well-loved books for your child to read aloud to you. This set of books gradually increases in difficulty throughout the year, so your child’s reading ability is strengthened. The Emerging Reader’s Set is for children who have completed most of their phonics instruction and are at the early reader level.
You can find plans for The Emerging Reader’s Set in the following Heart of Dakota (HOD) guides: Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory and Bigger Hearts for His Glory. Each of these guides have multiple levels of reading choices, so you can use this set of books with your child whenever it is best.
If your child is an emerging reader who will be using this set, I’ll share one quick tip that has been successful at our house. The tip is to have your child practice reading the assigned Emerging Reader Set’s pages for the day on his/her own first. Then, have the child read the pages to you. This “practice time” has several benefits.
What are the benefits of having a child practice reading the assigned pages on his/her own?
So, what are the benefits to having your child practice the assigned Emerging Reader’s Set pages on his/her own? First, it gives the child needed time to figure out words he/she may not know. Second, it allows the child to go back and reread anything that may not have made sense. Third, it allows the child time to linger over the pictures. Fourth, it allows the child to decipher the plot line.
What are the benefits of listening to a child after he/she has practiced the reading?
A reader who has practiced the Emerging Reader’s Set reading first will pause less and read more fluently. The reader will also feel more confident and will focus more on comprehension the second time around. For the parent, it will be much more enjoyable (and time conscious) to listen to a prepared reader! Try having your child practice first before reading to you, and see if you notice a difference!