In Kindergarten, teachers begin sharing literacy in the classroom from day one. Shared reading is a time of sharing literacy concepts such as concept of print, front and back cover of the book, author and illustrator, and making predictions. Students are encouraged to retell or share events in a story with a partner which may be called Rally Robin or “turn and share”. While letters and sounds are being learned, students are placed in like guided reading groups in September. Students will be taught on their level with the teacher while the other students work in literacy stations. The students work in independent stations: working on letters, word wall words, rhymes, independent reading, and writing of letters or known words. There are 61 word wall words to learn in Kindergarten. These words help the student with the flow of reading new words in books. Parents can help their child study the word wall words at home. In January, the students will be tested on DRA for reading levels. Minimum level is 2 and by the end of the year level 3 is the minimum level. Every child is different and progress at their own rate. Our kindergartners will be on levels 3-8 by June. Parents should read with their child a minimum of 20 minutes a night. This helps increase vocabulary and thinking skills as one reads. We hope to grow students who love reading!