Published: Jul 24, 2014 9:01 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 24, 2014 9:49 AM EDT


Reading Shift Theory (Old Theory)  

4th Graders stop learning to read and start reading to learn.

Developed from behavioral evidence.


Automatic Word Processing Theory (New Theory)  

Multiple types of processing is needed before reading becomes automatic.

Some types become automatic before 4th grade.

Some types take until after 5th grade before it is automatic.


Importance of this New Theory:  

5th and 6th Graders continue to need reading Instruction.

Students are still learning to process words automatically.

Their neurologic reading system is still developing.  

Automatic word processing = ability to determine a group of symbols constitutes a word within milliseconds.


Getting ready for School:  

Summer Reading Lists

Sports or School Physicals Forms for sports or medications at school

Immunizations for 7th Graders

Start to work back bedtimes

School supplies

Open houses