Kindergarten Literacy

    Listed below are some ideas to support your reader.  When providing support for your child, please keep in mind that reading should be above all else, an enjoyable experience.


    Discovery and Emergent Readers

    • Watch as your child tracks when reading a book to you.
      • Look for one-to-one correspondence as a word is tracked and spoken.
      • Look for tracking finger to be under letters/words, not touching letters or words.
    • Provide assistance when encountering unfamiliar words or a pattern change.
      • For words that are one syllable and following conventional sound/symbol rules, provide support as your child words to sound the word out.
      • For words that contain multiple syllables or single syllable words that do not follow conventional sound/symbol rules, provide support by pointing out picture and context clues, as available.  It is also appropriate to tell your child these more difficult words.
      • For pattern changes your child does not notice, as, "Could it be _______(word your child said)?"
    • Write down one or two of the high frequency words from the text.  Encourage your child to locate these words in other text.  If using a newspaper, magazine or a catalog, invite your child to circle or highlight the word.

    Early and Transitional Readers

    • After reading a story, your child can add a page to the story, change the ending to the story, or write a sequel.  Skills to support in the writing include:
      • Spacing between words
      • Phonetic spelling
      • Appropriate use of upper and lower case letters
      • Experimenting with punctuation
    • Provide opportunities for your child to select his/her own texts.  Encourage them to select 'just right' books, not 'too easy' or 'too hard'.  Monitor to assess child's success at reading self-selected text independently.  Success includes comprehension.
    • When discussing stories you have read aloud, or your child has read independently, assist your child in developing comprehension skills.  Skills to support include:
      • Retelling in correct sequence
      • Inclusion of important details
      • Inferring ideas and meanings
      • Prior to completing the book, make predictions as to what might happen next.