How do I know if my daughter, who is in kindergarten, is reading on grade level? Also, can you give me a list of books at her reading level? -- Want to Know


Kindergarten used to offer an introduction to reading for most children, where they began to learn the letters and their sounds. Today, so many children are attending preschool that more advanced reading instruction is often the norm.

Report cards and teacher conferences should already have told you about your child's reading level as it relates to expectations at her school. If not, ask her teacher for this information. Be aware that reading on grade level means different accomplishments at different schools. It may mean knowing the sounds of letters or recognizing sight words and rhyming words or being able to read simple stories.

If all the kindergarten teachers at a school do not follow the same reading curriculum, then first-graders may have different reading skills -- causing problems for those who have not learned as much about reading. It is important for you to know that all the kindergarten teachers at your child's school are providing the same reading instruction. You can get a good idea of the typical literacy accomplishments of kindergarten children by visiting the Reading Rockets' website at www.readingrockets.org/article/165.

The best way to get a list of suggested books for kindergarten children is to request one from your child's teacher or the school librarian