Hope is repeating kindergarten this year. Yesterday, she brought home her “reading” bag. In it was a reading log, ten flash cards on a ring, and two first sight word books. I recognized the books from when GB was learning to read. After Hope had completed her math hw and GB was done with her hw, Hope and I sat down with her “reading” bag. It came with directions. Hope was to read the books to me and review the flash cards, then log the time spent. Each Friday, Hope will get tested on the flash cards. If she knows them all, she gets a sticker. Eight stickers mean an ice cream treat.
Hope does not know what a word is yet. When she “read” the books, she made stories about the pictures. Long, involved stories that clearly had more words in them than the four words on the page. Using our pointer fingers, I tried to get Hope to read one word at a time. I will try again tonight. We practiced with the flash cards. She knew one of the words was “can” and that is what she read for each word. We practiced identifying the first letter of a word and the sound it makes. Hope could do that more than half the time. What she couldn’t do is use that to think of words it might be. For example, she had the word “ran”. She identified the first letter as “r” and knew what sound it made. She did the same thing with the “a” and the “n”. Then she used the picture in the book and read the word as “hop”, “jump”, and “fly”.
Hope is already in a 1:8:3 class. She went to Extended Year Program. This is her second time through kindergarten. When is it appropriate to be worried?