So I've been researching best practices in reading and came across this article:
Newman, R. E. (1966, March). The kindergarten reading controversy. Elementary English, 43,
This article seeks to answer the dilemma every kindergarten teacher faces when asked if they teach reading. Should reading be taught in kindergarten and furthermore, if it is appropriate, how does one go about teaching reading through best practice? Even though the article is over 40 years old, Newman suggests the most inner need to create excited lifelong readers as young as possible so they can enjoy and discover their world through text. He mentions that about the time students finally obtain the necessary skills of good reading and they begin to lose interest in reading. Giving them the skills they need as early as we can puts the power of reading in their hands so they can further study, research and read about things that interest them. Reading this article sparked an interest in how I see my role in teaching young readers. Instruction should be age appropriate building on student’s natural curiosity as students show signs of readiness. I think this is a big key and can get easily lost in the rigor and demands that are being pushed down each year.