One of the biggest areas where students are struggling at my site and around the nation is in literacy. And early intervention is not prescribed as part of the average RtI plan. What about our Kindergarten through third graders that are below level? Where can we start?
Attached is a short article on the importance of children reading just right books. Richard Allington, an expert in reading and literacy, states that reading abilities of children will significantly improve just by providing kids books at their reading level as well as provide an opportunity for them to read them.
As a result of this research, many of the principals in my area, including myself have started establishing classroom libraries so that our students will have access to many books at their reading level in their classrooms.
Moreover, some of us have started using assessments (i.e., Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)) to determine what level kids are at, as it is crucial that children are reading independently at their level.
Although I have discussed classroom libraries, this article is about reading at home and getting books in kids hands at home. While my colleagues and I may not have the resources to buy books for each student’s home, what we can do is allow students to take a couple of just right books home every day from school. We are aware that some books may get lost or never return back to school, but the literacy gain will far outweigh the possible risks.