My students attend our small rural school situated in the village of Concord, Michigan. About half of our students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Our school district is steeped in tradition, and many families have lived in the area and have attended our school for several generations. I love that of the hundreds of students I have taught at Concord, dozens are second-generation kindergartners in my classroom. We love to learn and play together, and I especially enjoy sharing my passion for reading with my students.
Kindergarten students needs lots and lots of practice reading books at their emergent reading level. Most books children have at home or find at their local libraries are at first grade level or above.
I would like to add to my small classroom collection of books at level B and C so children will be able to take them home to practice reading with their families.
Kindergarten reading levels are typically A-D (Fountas & Pinnell) or 1-4 (Rigby, DRA). These books have simple sentence structures, sight words, and some decodable words to support beginning readers. I have not added to my leveled books for many years, and some have been lost or misplaced over time. In many cases, I only have one book instead of several of that title to use for guided reading groups. After we read these books in class, children will take them home to read to their families. This will lead to increased reading fluency.
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