Free Early Reading Screenings

Marburn Academy offers free early reading screenings for 5–7-year-old children whose parents want to know if their child is likely to encounter difficulty in learning to read.

The free Early Reading Screening Program is built on the body of research, which shows that at an early age children can be reliably screened for the skills that must be present before reading and spelling can successfully develop.

Designed much like a well-child checkup at the pediatrician’s office, the screening is a quick but thorough look at a child’s phonemic awareness abilities, phonological processing, phonological memory, rapid naming skills, and family language history. Tests are scored and feedback is shared immediately with the parent.

Phonological Awareness

The term phonological awareness refers to a child’s awareness of and sensitivity to the sounds of his or her oral language. Memory for these sounds, and the ability to put them together and take them apart to form new and different words, are the foundations upon which fluent reading is built. Furthermore,

“…critical levels of phonological awareness can be developed through carefully planned instruction, and this development has a significant influence on children’s reading and spelling achievement…” (Ball & Blackman, 1991; Bradley & Bryant, 1985; Byrne & Fielding-Barnsley, 1989, 1991; O’Conner, Jenkins, Leicester, & Slocum, 1993).

2016–2017 Free Early Reading Screening Schedule

Free screenings are generally held one or two Fridays each month during the school year. Appointments for 5–7 year-olds can be scheduled from 8:40–11 a.m.

Please call 614.433.0822 or register for one of the events below.


May 12, 2017 – Early Reading Screening
Time: 8:40 am
Location: 9555 Johnstown Road, New Albany, OH 43054
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