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Transition to Independent Reading

Motivate and manage the reading activity of pre-K to third-grade students to help them become proficient, independent readers.

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How can you help students make a successful transition to independent reading?

Understand where students are and what they need next

Measure early literacy skills to determine what each student needs for growth and ensure kids are developmentally ready to read, avoiding reading delays.

Build vocabulary and background knowledge

Early readers need to be surrounded by words and books to develop a rich vocabulary and understanding of the world around them. Hearing text read aloud is critical at this age.

Provide access to appropriate text and literacy activities

Emergent readers need to engage with developmentally appropriate books and literacy activities. The biggest barrier to literacy development is a lack of access to books.

Encourage good reading habits

Invite literacy into students’ lives through read alouds, read-alongs, and inde­pendent reading to cultivate strong reading behaviors and establish a love of learning.

Independent Reading

Uncover student needs

Research-based assessments provide insight into skills and abilities so you can deliver text and literacy activities that are appropriate for their needs and help them move to the next level.

Leveled texts with audio

Engage emerging readers with curated collections of level-appropriate digital books and articles. The narrated audio option models fluency while building background and vocabulary.

Track reading progress

Monitor reading activity and track comprehension with easy-to-use reports and dashboards. Students can watch their reading library grow as their skills expand.

Develop lifelong readers

Renaissance Professional Development provides ongoing support in using data to scaffold students’ reading experiences as they make the transition to independent readers.


Children who read proficiently in third grade are four times more likely to graduate on time.

– Annie E. Casey Foundation

Renaissance solutions support ESSA goals

Formula and competitive funds can help you meet your program goals and initiative outcomes. Funding sources to consider:

  • Title I
  • Title IV
  • 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant

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