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I feel it is crucial for teachers to know whether their students are at theemergent or beginning stages in their reading development. There is a difference between the beginning and emergent learning environments. A developing learner requires a print concept, oral language, and the alphabet principle focused environment. Beginning readers should surround themselves with phonemic awareness and phonics. According to Reutzel andCooter (2016), explicit teaching of both the alphabet and pronunciation is imperative for both emergent and beginning readers. Emergent and early readers require instructional support to guide them to become a mastery reader and writer. Research has proved letters must be taught daily for approximately ten to fifteen minutes (Reutzel and Cooter, 2016). I believe it is crucial for teachers to create a learning environment supporting all literacylearners. A classroom set up for beginning readers has implemented the five pillars of reading instruction. Classes are focused on phonics, phonemic awareness and writing. The teacher’s lessons are phonics created with students learning to become proficient in decoding, blending, and using syllabication (Reutzel and Cooter, 2016).

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