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Stage 3 — Controlled Word Recognition

During the Controlled Word Recognition stage, children acquire accurate word-recognition skills, meaning they are able to make use of all the letter information in a word. Because they have acquired accurate word recognition, they no longer tend to confuse similarly spelled words. However, word recognition is not yet automatic.

During this stage, the reader still relies heavily on the text and focuses attention on every piece of visual information available, appearing to be “glued” to the print. Knowledge about spelling patterns that occur in English is crucial during this stage. Knowledge of spelling patterns also allows readers to recognize homophones, such as there, their and they’re. Achievement of controlled word recognition, at least in the case of common words, probably occurs for most children by the end of the second grade. 

Play r-Controlled Vowel Bingo to build knowledge of spelling patterns in English. 

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