Get Ready to Read Screening Tool

The Get Ready to Read! screening tool is a reliable, research-based series of questions for children in the year before they enter kindergarten, to determine whether they have the early literacy skills they need to become readers. The screening tool is part of a flexible program, not a curriculum, which complements most early literacy and early reading programs. Educators can use the screening tool and activities as a part of a regular classroom program.

The tool was designed to be used by parents and early education providers. It is easy to use even if you don't have formal training in education. The tool is most appropriate for children in the year before they enter kindergarten, children who are 3-5 years old.

The early literacy skills that this tool looks at are:

  • Print knowledge refers to a child’s understanding of books, printed letters, and words.
  • Linguistic awareness refers to a child’s understanding of how words and language works.
  • Emergent writing refers to a child’s first efforts to create and use print in a meaningful way.

How to Use the Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool

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After Using the Get Ready to Read! Screening Tool

A new and updated "print only" version of the Get Ready to Read! screening tool is also available. It:
  • Expands the targeted age range from 3-5 years
  • Includes more questions, for a total of 25
  • Is available in English or Spanish

 

To learn more about the new Get Ready to Read! screening tool and to order copies of it, visit the Pearson Early Learning website.  You can also order it by phone: (800) 627-7271.

 

Suggested Tip!

Be Ready for Reading

Bring a book to your child’s next doctor’s appointment to ease the wait.  And, leave a book where you keep your reusable shopping bags to make the shopping cart a rolling reading room
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