We are currently developing a kindergarten level of Reading RULES! Using these materials, teachers will provide a daily 20- to 30-minute small-group intervention lesson that includes four components: word study instruction in alphabetic knowledge, phonics, word reading, and spelling; handwriting that integrates alphabetic knowledge from word study activities with instruction in letter formation; text reading in which students apply what they learn in word study lessons as they read; and oral and written response to text, focused on writing and comprehension. As students begin to learn to decode text, shared reading is done using non-fiction text with attractive full-color photographs. The program includes engaging activities designed to keep students focused on the lessons. For example, students manipulate magnetic letters during word-reading and spelling instruction. The program is time-efficient and easy for teachers to follow, with graphics-enhanced unit and lesson organizers.

A description of the Reading RULES! in Kindergarten research project can be found here on the Children’s Learning Institute’s website. We are currently conducting a pilot test of Reading RULES! Kindergarten in several classrooms. If your Houston- or Dallas-area school is interested in participating in a study in the 2021-2022 school year, please contact us for more information.