As your child progresses through school, they learn the ins and outs of letters, sounds, words, and language. They put that knowledge to use by reading words, sentences, and books.
When a child is reading “on grade level” it means that he has mastered the skills that he needs to read and understand words and sentences in books at the expected level of difficulty. That could mean reading simple words (cat, hat, hop) in kindergarten, or understanding compound words (aggravating, swiped, exclaimed) in 3rd grade.
For example, at the beginning of first grade, a student who can read this excerpt from Clever Fox would be on grade level:
The student would be able to read simple words that have a predictable pattern, he can read many sight words (words that readers see often, such as: the, and, into). He can read sentences that are 8 to 10 words long with basic punctuation (commas and periods). And, he can use the sentences and the pictures to understand what’s happening in the story. (From Montgomery Schools, MD)
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