Becoming an Independent Reader

Peggy’s Tips for Teaching Young Children

For children in my combined first and second grade  classes, phonics worked well for many but for some others who couldn’t thrive with phonics, they became fluent readers so successfully by reading book after book. Each child had her own book and read for 30 to 45 minutes each day. The children in September that were not independent had an adult or child partner until they, too, could become independent readers. The goal was for each child to be a motivated, responsible, and independent reader with excellent comprehension, including an appreciation for fine literature. And for each child to recognize the need for reading; to read for enjoyment, for learning, and for satisfying a great accomplishment – their success in learning how. Children should have the opportunity to reach their highest level of literacy. This, of course, is very optimistic but I felt that way every September.

See more about this in my book, Early Childhood Programs: Opportunities for Academic, Cognitive, and Personal Success, on page 47. See 7 reviews on

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