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Teaching the Foundations: Best Practices for Emergent Readers

Research Applies to: Headsprout, Raz-Plus, Reading A-Z


Emergent readers need to develop a strong foundation of early literacy skills. Learning A-Z offers resources across a variety of products to support early literacy instruction. These resources are based on solid research in the field of early literacy, addressing all the key areas identified as critical for emergent readers.


This white paper addresses research on the following foundational literacy areas, along with resources to use with students:

  • Alphabetic knowledge
  • Phonological awareness
  • Phonics
  • High-frequency words
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension


Learning A-Z (2019). Teaching the foundations: Best practices for emergent readers. Tucson, AZ: Author.

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