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Collin’s Story

Collin is an energetic, engaging boy. He and his mom have been helping me out as I prepare some materials for a new website that Pioneer Valley Books is going to launch soon. At the new website, parents will be able find useful information to help their child learn to read. There will be an easy-to-use assessment for finding their child’s reading level.

Here is a video of Collin reading Bella’s Busy Day. After the book introduction, I read the first page to Collin. I suggest parents do this with beginning readers. It is a supportive way to get an early book started well. Collin has read a few books with me prior to this video being made. I am pleased to see that he is starting to understand how to match his finger to the print. You will see, however, that he is not grasping how the repeated pattern in the story can help him and that he does not have a core of early words he recognizes and uses.

I am going to be working with Collin a couple times a week and I hope you will find it valuable to follow his progress here!

Michèle Dufresne is author of many Pioneer Valley Books  early readers (including the Bella and Rosie series), Word Solvers (Heinemann), and an early literacy and literacy intervention consultant.

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