Teachers in the primary grades will find the Early Lit Kit most beneficial. The Kit is designed to evaluate the foundational reading skills of students in Kindergarten, First, and Second grades. The Kit will also be beneficial for intervention teachers who work with K-2 students or with students who are older but still require instruction in foundational reading skills.
What's included in the Early Lit Kit?
The kit includes all the materials you'll need to conduct 4 different assessments for foundational reading skills including phonological awareness, letters and sounds, phonics, and high frequency words. Each assessment includes directions for proper administration, a recording sheet to document responses and monitor growth, and student materials in both print and digital versions.
Can I use the Early Lit Kit with other reading assessments?
Yes. It's important that teachers listen to their students read continuous text through guided reading and running records, for example. The Early Lit Kit evaluates students' foundational reading skills on their own, while reading continuous text evaluates those skills in application. It's important to understand what students know in both contexts. For assessing reading in continuous text check out Running Record Boot Camp.
Can I share resources from the Early Lit Kit with colleagues?
No. Early Lit Kit resources are meant for one teacher only. If your colleagues express interest in these resources kindly refer them to the Early Lit Kit webpage.
How much preparation is involved?
The Early Lit Kit requires minimal preparation. Teachers should make paper copies of the directions and recording sheets. Teachers can choose to make paper copies of the student materials or download the digital version for use on a tablet or laptop. The only sheet you'll need to reproduce is the recording sheet for each student, but this sheet will last the entire school year so minimal paper is consumed.
Tell me about the graphics.
The graphics were carefully selected to be easy to identify and recall by young children with particular consideration paid to English Learners. The graphics were provided by Whimsy Clips.