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    What is Reader’s Workshop?

    In Kindergarten, your child is participating in “Reading  Workshop”.  During Reading Workshop, your child is becoming a reader while exploring different types of books. The Reading Workshop is a teaching method in which the goal is to teach students strategies for reading and comprehension.  The workshop model allows teachers to differentiate and meet the needs of all their students.  Reading Workshop helps to foster a love of reading and gives students chances to practice reading strategies independently and with guidance.  This workshop model is similar to the Writing Workshop model. My goal is to foster a love and joy of reading with your student.  Our lessons are taken primarily form Lucy Calkin’s Kindergarten Units of Study and the teacher’s College at Columbia University.

     Learning to read is a difficult process and I will do my best to make it fun.  All children learn and progress at a different pace. A critical component of a successful reading program is your child reading daily.  Research has found that time spent reading is the main indicator of reading success as students progress through elementary school. Students who spend more time independently engaged in text are exposed to more words, more facts, and more background knowledge than their peers who only read in school. If your child reads just 20 minutes each night, he/she will read almost 2 million words in a year! This will strengthen and enhance, among other things, comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, writing and conversation.

    We will be having small “celebrations” throughout the year to help keep us motivated!  Thank you for your help and support and I look forward to this special time in our day together!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

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    What is the structure?

    The first minutes of Reader’s Workshop is a designated minilesson, or direct teacher instruction focusing on a specific strategy that good readers use to read and improve their understanding of a book.

     

    After each mini-lesson students will have independent reading time where they will select their own book to read that is just right for them and  they will have an opportunity to practice skills and strategies taught in the minilesson. By giving the students choices in their books, the reading becomes more engaging and meaningful. During this independent reading time the teacher will meet with individuals or small groups to conference and encourage their growth as readers.

     

    Occasionally during independent writing time we will pause for a "mid-workshop share." This will be a time for the teacher to refocus the group, or to highlight the extraordinary efforts of an individual reader  in the class. At the end of the workshop, time will be spent giving the students an opportunity to share what they have read with the class or a reading partner.

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    Will my child’s books come home?

    The beginning of the school year is filled with learning strategies, letters, and sight words to build the foundation for reading. Starting at the end of January/ beginning of February your child will bring a just right book home to read. More information will be forthcoming. 

    Should I correct my child when they read?

    When your child is reading, please allow them to work through the difficult word. It is important for them to work toward independence and using our strategies to decode a word that they do not know. They will be very excited to share and show you the things we are learning.  Please help guide them toward decoding an unknown word in place of giving it to them right away.   We encourage the children to stretch out the word and use the picture to determine what the unknown word is. Select one or two things to praise them about.  I don’t want your child to feel discouraged because they are constantly unable to decode a word or are struggling. 

      

    Ways to Praise your child’s reading:children reading

    *I like how you stretched out the word!

    *Nice job pointing under the words.   

    *Great job using the picture.

    *Nice job matching your voice to the character.   

    *Trying to decode a difficult word

    *I like how you did not give up! 

    *You are an amazing reader!

    *Wow! You read the whole book!