WHAT DOES READING AND WRITING LOOK LIKE AT EACH AGE & GRADE?
Explore by age or grade level to find out what reading looks and sounds like at a particular age, and what specific skills, or milestones, children need to master
WHAT ARE MILESTONES?
Academic Milestones are key academic skills that students need to develop at each grade. The literacy milestones are critical literacy skills that build on each other and prepare students for achievement in the next grade and beyond.
These literacy milestones come from OUSD's Academic Milestones, but are based on California grade level standards and are applicable for a child at any school. They are divided into Fall, Winter and Spring, to align with the three elementary report cards.
THE EARLY YEARS
Prepare your child to become a strong reader right from the start.
Select your child’s age group below to find tips & reading resources to use at home.
Help your child be ready for Kindergarten-level reading work when they start school!
THE ELEMENTARY GRADES
Learning doesn't end when your child leaves the classroom! Families and community organizations are powerful partners in helping students develop strong literacy skills.
Click into your child's grade to see the literacy skills your student is working on throughout the school year and fun ways you can reinforce learning outside the classroom.
REMEMBER EACH CHILD IS UNIQUE
Each Child Will Progress Differently:
Your child may still be learning skills from a previous grade or may have already mastered the grade-level milestones in this document. The goal is for your child to have access to grade level instruction while receiving individualized support where it is needed. Talk to your teacher about your child’s specific needs.
PARENTS AS PARTNERS
Talking to your child about their learning will help them even if you didn’t learn the same content in school.
Considering all our children have to learn in school, it can be challenging to know how best to help them. The good news is that you don’t have to know everything!
You can ask questions about books they are reading or teach them to do math the way you learned it. This will help your child process their learning and consider different ways of approaching a problem.
HOW CAN I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS ON TRACK?
OUSD schools will test your child’s reading three times a year using iReady. Results should be given to families. The results will indicate the specific skills your child should learn to become a great reader.
Learn More About iReady
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