I have some very high kids in my kindergarten class this year. While we have done a LOT of language arts, reading skills work, we have not done a lot of actual reading in reading groups this year. Since I’m working with the lower kids with interventions to try to get them caught up, I have wanted to find something for the high kids to do. One of the things I looked at was Ticket to Read from Voyager. We do Voyager in all grade levels at our school and a lot of kids are excited about Ticket to Read. In looking at it though, the kids are placed in the program based on their Reading Connected Text/Oral Reading Fluency scores and those are Dibels Tests that they don’t get until they are in First Grade. However, there is a way to go into the management part of the program and manually set their levels.
Yesterday, I took my highest student into the program and walked him through the first reading activity and he can do it. He’s exceptionally high for my class though, so I wasn’t sure if anyone else could do it. Today I took the next two highest kids and tried them as well and they can do it. That means that the three of them are reading at a level somewhere in the middle of first grade or higher. In the afternoon I tried the next three kids with high scores and it was a little too hard for them. But I’m happy that the first three can do something that is a little more challenging and structured.