This week’s lessons will focus on reading skills. Five-year-olds are typically exiting the emergent reader stage and easing into the beginning reading stage. Some are just beginning to put the reading puzzle together while others are able to read independently. Just as with any developmental stage, there is a wide range of “normal.” All children at this age, despite where they are in their literacy development, need support and practice! Beginning readers typically can name the alphabet letters and most (if not all) of their sounds. They understand the concept of a “word”, are recognizing words in text and on lists and can represent beginning and ending sounds when attempting to spell.