Revised 8th Edition

The 8th edition of the Kindergarten Literacy Program features one comprehensive manual focused exclusively on literacy development, a revised Scope and Sequence, and a Plan Book to guide activity roll-out and pacing. It also includes a streamlined Literacy Center rotation that increases the time teachers spend in small-group literacy skill practice with children, including guided decoding practice.

Alignment with the Science of Reading

Children read with a buddy on the PowerTools app with guidance from a teacher.

The Tools Kindergarten Literacy program is based on the Science of Reading and addresses the essential components of reading:

  • Oral Language (ability to produce and understand spoken language, including vocabulary and grammar)
  • Phonological and Phonemic Awareness (awareness of the sound structure of spoken words and the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate phonemes)
  • Phonics and Word Study (building on phonemic awareness to teach letter-sound relationships and spelling patterns)
  • Fluency (ability to read connected text with sufficient accuracy, rate and prosody to comprehend it)
  • Vocabulary (ability to acquire new words and word meanings and use them in speaking, reading, and writing)
  • Comprehension Skills and Strategies (ability to extract and construct meaning from written texts demonstrated through discussion and written summaries)

Direct Instruction and Systematic Spiraling

Sample weeks from the revised Kindergarten Literacy Scope & Sequence.

Literacy activities are introduced through direction instruction from the teacher with immediate corrective feedback. Scripts for teachers are included with each activity in the Manual. After learning how to do activities correctly with teacher guidance, children engage in independent skill practice in small groups and with partners. The Plan Book and Scope and Sequence lead teachers in deliberately and systematically spiraling through content as the year progresses and learners develop in their Zones of Proximal Development.

Continuing Our Commitment to Excellence in Literacy

Our program continues to embed the following key elements to support learners:

  • Executive functions (inhibitory control, working memory and cognitive flexibility) practice is embedded in literacy activities to build a strong foundation of self-regulation which increases child retention and understanding.
  • Writing and reading instruction are integrated in a coordinated and systematic way across the day.
  • Playful learning activities, including dramatization activities, create motivation for learning and promote positive social development.
  • Instruction is data-driven with assessment tools that increase the accuracy and effectiveness of daily scaffolding in real time and provide computerized tracking of reading and writing skill development.
Children engaged in Buddy Reading.
A teacher leads children in the Shared Scaffolded Writing Activity Message of the Day.