Hey! I can read that!: creating a community of readers in kindergarten

Age discrimination has been a factor in choices that individuals have been given for many years. Recently, mature adults have been awarded the benefit of the doubt and encouraged to try "new" things well into their "golden years", but the young child has remained shackled by their age, not their ability. My Teacher Research project focused on a Kindergarten classroom in a small Northern San Diego County school district which was comprised of twelve boys and eight girls of various ethnic backgrounds. I examined the various "reading" activities that were in place throughout the year, and questioned the appropriateness of including the introduction of '"decodable text". My conclusions supported the use of a Leveled Reading series to those students that were developmentally ready to engage in such an activity. I wrote a grant to obtain these materials and, when funded, I propose to conduct a future study to track the students involved.