Episode 3: The Reading Process


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The Stages of Reading Development

  • Pre-Reader
  • Emergent Reader
  • Early Reader
  • Transitional Reader
  • Self-extending Reader
  • Advanced Reader

Things to Keep Your Eye On

  • Squinting while reading or holding the book very close to their face
  • Frequently needing to sound out the same word again and again, even after sounding it out previously within the same sentence or book (if it happens a lot or over an extended period of time)
  • Frequently skipping sounds within a word while they’re sounding it out, or starting sounding out the word in the middle of the word or the end of the word (if it happens a lot or over an extended period of time)
  • Frequently not able to retell a story or part of a story that they have just read

Books we mention

What we’re reading:


Early & Emergent Reader:

Transitional Reader:

  • You Should Meet series (there are two links there to two boxed sets of the books; skip RBG because the Supreme Court sucks, even her)
  • Who Was/Is…? & What Was/Is…? series (linked to two of the lesser offensive titles in this series, but do not really recommend this series)

Self-Extending Reader & Advanced Reader:

Reading Spark

Other resources

Episode 2: What is kidlit?


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Books we mention

Other resources

Podcast Coming Soon

A burgundy square with a teal circle in the middle. The circle has bright pink headphones and and at symbol with the a replaced by a house. Under the circle is the text At Home Librarian Podcast in grellow and orange.

You read that correctly. I am starting a podcast with my oldest, and one of my best, friends who happens to have experience that parallels mine. A long time educator, Alexis was in the elementary school classroom, while I was in the library.

When I first conceived of the idea of a podcast I wanted to talk about reading and kids books. I think this blog is evidence of how much I like children’s books and reading. But in addition to being a librarian who loves those things, I am also an unschooling parent. Which has gotten me a lot of questions from “concerned” strangers about how I knew how to teach my kids to read. It was always reading they hyper focused on. I have yet to have a stranger worry about my kids’ ability to add or subtract.

Yet, it’s not just random people in the grocery store who feel worried about kids learning to read. A lot of caregivers get notes home about their child’s reading in school or worry their children don’t like reading. Or worse, fight with their kids over filling in reading logs. Some parents don’t want to homeschool because they’re afraid they don’t know how to teach reading. Caregivers can feel helpless to understand why reading feels like a chore or contextualize the notes they’re getting from teachers. Despite the hand wringing over my kids, my experience in both the classroom and library helped me have context and confidence around what to expect and do when it came to working with my kids and I want other people to have that too.

Alexis and I decided to work together to create a podcast where we could support people who don’t have our experience understand how learning to read happens and what they can do to support their kids. This is way beyond those ridiculous “Ten Things To Do To Raise a Reader” lists you see plastered all over blogs. We’re giving you the perspective of two decades in the classroom, some of the science behind what’s happening, and what resources are out there to help. We’ll give you vocabulary and thoughts on how the current educational system makes reading a chore by setting benchmarks that only apply to a narrow set of children.

And as we started recording and diving into the things we wanted to talk about, we realized we had way more than one season. We realized we could talk about spelling, math, play, and writing. So look for future seasons with those topics.

The podcast should be available on all major podcast platforms. Be sure to give it a listen, subscribe, and review it to bump it up in the ratings so other folks can find it. I’ve started a new tab at the top of the blog homepage to easily find the audio for the show, transcripts of episodes, and show notes.