In the third, fourth and fifth grades, teachers assume students are comfortable with decoding — reading the words — and focus on comprehension. Students are expected to read challenging chapter books, some of which have few illustrations, or none at all. They are asked to follow books with multiple plot lines and character traits, and distinguish the characteristics of various genres, such as realistic fiction, historical fiction and fantasy. Other genres they may read include poetry, graphic novels, mysteries, biography, autobiography, fairy tales, folk tales, fables and mythology.
Students in grades 3-5 also read for information in subject areas outside of English and language arts, such as science and social studies. When reading these expository and narrative texts, students are expected to be able to distinguish which facts are more important than others and to group information into categories. Some students take the transition to chapter books in stride, vacuuming up new stories and information and asking for more. Others struggle with the complex new material set before them, and become resistant to reading unfamiliar texts, or reading at all. These grade levels are a critical moment in children’s development as readers!
There is a misconception that children know how to read the words there isn’t much more for them to learn as readers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Our Master Tutors have worked with thousands of students this age and are familiar with the ways they may stumble or get stuck as readers. We ignite children’s interest in books and help hone reading skills by personalizing instruction to their specific strengths and needs. As experts in current and classic children’s literature at every reading level, our tutors make recommendations that expand your child’s reading horizons. We provide individualized book suggestions that speak to their interests and build their stamina as readers.
Our tutors make readers this age who prefer to stay in one lane feel comfortable branching out. Our tutors help students develop more advanced strategies for understanding what they read, showing them how to develop theories about characters and theme and recognize authors’ craft. They help students navigate anything they are assigned to read and to write responses. For children who attend an international school or have recently emigrated to a new country, our tutors provide support necessary to understand stories, histories or religious texts particular to a culture with which they have little personal experience or background knowledge.