UMS Kindergarten Celebrates Reading Success

Readers' tea in Mrs. Mulcahy's class

Union Memorial School kindergartners and a group of dedicated volunteers celebrated their successes with this year’s Emergent Reading Program.

Ryleigh Garrow and her father, RJ, reading together. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

Jullianna and Nathan reading to guests

Students in the classrooms of Ms. Barnes, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Mulcahy, and Mrs. Helfrich selected their three favorite books from among those included in this year’s list and read them aloud to parents, grandparents, family friends, school personnel, and community members.

Jada enjoys sharing a book with her father, Ricky Edwards. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

Theories around emergent literacy were developed as the result of research in host of areas, such as child development, psychology, education, and linguistics. Because young children are in the process of becoming literate long before they acquire conventional reading skills, emergent literacy—which integrates speaking, listening, reading, writing, and viewing—is very important in early education. Furthermore, children who enjoy books are more likely to want to read even when it is difficult.

Danielle Bevins listens to her son Ryan reading. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

Shelby reads to her Mom and Emma reads to another mom

UMS’s volunteer-based Emergent Reading Program ( includes students reading one on one with an adult three times per week. Students master increasingly challenging reading materials and practice sight words at their own pace.

Zachary Niquette and his dad, Sean, enjoy a book together. (Photo courtesy of Dave Sobel.)

The UMS kindergarten teachers are grateful to the ongoing efforts of these volunteers!

Jared and Logan reading to guests in Mrs. Mulcahy's class

Interested in learning more about emergent literacy? Stay tuned for more information in another CSD Spotlight article coming up soon!

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