>From: Gunnar Swanson
>> This seems to contain the assumption that kids (albeit
>> kids reading a long book) read n the manner you call
>> "immersive reading." Is there good evidence of that?
>There is evidence (see Tinker and Patterson, as well
>as "Legibility in Children's Books" by L Watts, 1974)
>that children move from serial-letterwise to immersive
>reading around age 10. This can certainly vary a lot,
>but it's a good working average.
That sounds about right. When my daughter was in 4th Grade
(9/10-year-olds), I was a sometime volunteer at her school. I was
asked to listen to pupils (two at a time) read a chapter of a book to
me and also to understand the passage. I was amazed/shocked at the
level of reading ability of some of the kids. Admittedly it was only
about 20 kids I heard read, but most of them stumbled over the
relatively simple passage.
So it does make sense to me that age 10 would be about the time kids
gradually change to immersive reading.