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Beginning Reading

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The benefits of learning to read in the early grades are significant. Research suggests consistently that the establishment of strong beginning reading skills is fundamental to cognitive development and later school success. Students who become confident, independent readers are not only well prepared for the academic tasks they will encounter but also well positioned with the essential skills and strategies necessary to enter an information-based society with ever-increasing literacy requirements.

Taken as a whole, students' experiences in school should nurture a love and appreciation of reading and literature and develop the ability to access information from text. Teaching students the skills to become successful and independent readers by the end of third grade is the best approach for accomplishing this goal. ...

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