What We're Reading: Kindergarten Edition

Saturday, April 11, 2015 0 Comments A+ a-

Phoenix is in his 4th month of public school kindergarten. I'm so glad we made the switch from homeschooling. He finally has that social circle I think he really needed. His teacher is amazing, and really pushes him. We had a conference a few weeks ago, and she explained to me how she gives kids different work based on where they're at in the topic. Something that really surprised me was how much the teacher expects the kids to read in kindergarten. Phoenix is in the Pizza Hut Book-It program, and needed to read 20 minutes every day to reach his goal. We're actually a little bit behind here, which is why I'm writing this post.

I've noticed that there's a huge gap between what I thought he would be doing in kindergarten, and what he's actually doing. As Phoenix is starting to pick up on reading, I thought it might be useful for other parents to know what he's reading in kindergarten.

What He's Reading On His Own This Week

Quack Shack & Flip-A-Word Books by Harriet Ziefert
These are super-beginner books, with a lot of repetition, and very few words on each page. Some words include:
  • jack
  • sack
  • with
  • chick
  • lick
  • rock
  • sock

David Goes To School
A book about a trouble-maker and his adventures at school. This is another great beginner book. Some words include:
  • yelling
  • running
  • tardy
  • chew
  • raise
  • yourself
  • attention
  • started
  • recess
  • again
Sleepy Dog, Wake Up! (Step into Reading)
This book is a step up from the previous two, without being too challenging. It's broken up into chapters with about 6 pages in each chapter. Some words include:
  • time
  • sleepyhead
  • cat
  • dog
  • kiss
  • morning
  • turn
  • open
  • night-light
  • shade
  • window
  • drinking
  • spilled
  • happy
City Fun (Modern Curriculum Press Beginning to Read Series)
This book (published in 1980) uses small words & a lot of repetition. At 31 pages, it a longer book, but able to be read in one sitting. Some words include:
  • I
  • like
  • jump
  • up
  • down
  • away
  • ride
  • good
  • play
  • work


I Love Trees (Rookie Readers: Ready to Learn)
This book is a fun start to science literature. pages usually have one small sentence, making it an easy, fun read. Some words include:
  • I
  • trees
  • some
  • love
  • jump
  • big
  • are
  • have
  • needles
  • leaves
  • birds
  • bees
  • make
  • paper

The Cookie House (Modern Curriculum Press Beginning to Read)
This is the most challenging book he's read this week. The book is 29 pages long with 3 sentences on each page. This story is a re-telling of the Hansel & Gretel story, which may be frightening to some younger readers. Some words include:
  • get
  • come
  • you
  • work
  • something
  • little
  • here
  • who
  • want
  • down
  • look
  • house
  • father
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