The most commonly taught reading is English, which is the second-most studied in the U.S. at the elementary and middle school level, according to data released this week by the nonprofit Education Week.
More than 30% of U.K. students are learning English as a second language at grade level, up from 13% in 2010.
The data show that the majority of children are learning two characters or fewer in kindergarten, which includes the most popular subjects in the classroom.
This year, the U: Kindergarten alphabet worksheet is being updated to provide students with new characters and a new format for working with characters, according a blog post on the UK’s education website.
The U: Alphabet worksheet will include characters that are the same as those in English, but are more closely related to characters in the American alphabet.
Children who read more than two characters can also work on developing vocabulary.
Parents of students who are reading at home can also take their children to a reading group or school library, the post said.
A third of students in the second grade, or about 13%, are reading in kindergarten and about one in five in third grade.