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In guided reading groups, the teacher works with small homogeneous groups of children. Because students in the group are at the same reading level, the teacher can provide the support needed to help keep all the children in their Zone of Proximal Development. Leveled books are selected to fit the abilities, interests, and needs of the children. The groups are flexible and change according to progress and academic demands. Continuing assessment is crucial to keeping all students at the peak of learning. During guided reading, strategies are worked on that will enable the children to become independent readers. This process reinforces the three cueing system of using semantic, syntactic, and graphophonic strategies and helps children to engage in the strategies that good readers use. Children are also given opportunities to learn book handling skills and concepts of print.
In kindergarten, it is important to remember that there is a diverse range of abilities and backgrounds. Some children may be able to read simple stories independently while others are just starting to recognize letters. Some children may be ready to start learning about reading strategies while other children need more practice developing letter and sound recognition. These considerations should be kept in mind when planning guided reading groups.
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