Kindergarten reading groups often don’t involve any “reading” in the way that parents typically think. Your students may not be able to “read” I see the fat cat until the spring. But don’t be fooled, the ground work that is laid in the first half of kindergarten is crucial to being a successful reader.
But where do I start? In the words of Glenda the good witch “My dear, you start at the beginning.” Letter naming. Kindergarten students need to identify the letters out of order, in both upper and lowercase and in different fonts. A child’s ability to quickly name letters is an indicator of whether they will be a successful reader or one that struggles. Don’t race through this critical step, or even worse skip it all together.