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Summer Reading – Kindergarten

Summer Reading – Kindergarten

During summer break, make sure your child reads three days a week for at least 20 minutes.

Preschool Benchmarks

A child’s language development typically occurs in a predictable manner. Prior to entering kindergarten, a child should possess the following literary skills:

  • Understands and speaks our language,
  • Enjoys perusing books,
  • Participates in conversations and storytelling,
  • Grasps concepts about print, e.g. it carries a message
  • Possesses some letter knowledge –
    • Knows the name of the letters in the alphabet, e.g. sings the ABC song,
    • Writes first name and can identify the name of those letters,
    • Identifies about 50% of the letters of the alphabet,
    • Knows mostly consonant sounds of the alphabet, and
  • Performs experimental writing.

Ideal Reading Material

It is important that your child reads appropriate books that foster her literary growth. Children entering kindergarten should read books that possess the following text characteristics:

  • Consistent print – it appears in the same location for each page,
  • Pattern sentences – one to two sentences repeated throughout text,
  • Familiar content – contains well-known objects and experiences,
  • Helpful illustrations – picture clues provide support, and
  • Contains high frequency words – contains common sight words.

Recommended Reading Material

Select interesting and appropriate books for your child. The following recommended books are perfect summer reading material:

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
  2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
  3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
  4. Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle
  5. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  6. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  7. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  8. How to Be a Friend by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown
  9. The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
  10. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You Series by Mary Ann Hoberman

Every child develops differently. Some enter kindergarten knowing the shape, name and sound of the letters of the alphabet and some do not possess this knowledge. Some children have obtained a sight word vocabulary and can read simple texts. The above information is intended to provide general guidelines for your child’s summer learning.


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