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Reading Milestones


This is a general outline of the milestones on the road to reading success. Keep in mind that kids develop at different paces and spend varying amounts of time at each stage. If you have concerns, talk to your child's doctor, teacher, or the reading specialist at school. Early intervention is key in helping kids who are struggling to read.

Parents and teachers can find appropriate resources for children as early as pre-kindergarten. Quality childcare centers, pre-kindergarten programs, and homes full of language and book reading can build an environment for reading milestones to happen.

Infancy (Up to Age 1)

Kids usually begin to:

Toddlers (Ages 1–3)

Kids usually begin to:

Early Preschool (Age 3)

Kids usually begin to:

Late Preschool (Age 4)

Kids usually begin to:

Kindergarten (Age 5)

Kids usually begin to:

First and Second Grade (Ages 6–7)

Kids usually begin to:

Second and Third Grade (Ages 7–8)

Kids usually begin to:

Fourth Through Eighth Grade (Ages 9–13)

Kids usually begin to:

Reviewed by: Carol A. Quick, EdD
Date reviewed: May 2013


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