• Unit One: We Are Readers 
     
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    Welcome to Kindergarten Reader’s Workshop! We are excited to partner with you in building your child’s reading life at home and at school. The skills and strategies taught throughout the unit are introduced gradually and will be developed during the entire school year.  Please know that each child will travel this developmental journey at his/her own pace.

     
     The first part of the unit invites children to read non-fiction (informational) texts. The second part of the unit adds storybooks which your child will enjoy rereading and retelling.
     

    Unit Goals:

    • Readers will build their reading identities. 

    • Readers will respect and take care of books in their community.

    • Readers will build strong reading habits.

    • Readers will know all of the different ways you can read a story.

     

    Skills and Strategies Taught (What it looks and sounds like!):
    • Good readers share books with others by remembering and retelling books they love. 

    • Good readers read pictures and words and make meaning from page to page.

    • Good readers handle books with care and store them carefully in the right spot.

    • Good readers point under the words and pictures of the text, go from left to right, top to bottom of the page, and page to page.

    • Good readers read with others to share what they notice and talk about the details in the book. They read like story tellers using story telling voices and expressions. 

    Ways to support your child at home:

    • Help your child create a book basket in which they can practice caring for their books.

    • Help your child to begin to grow stamina by having him/her stay focused on a book either by looking at pictures and/or text (depends on developmental level of child).

    • Visit your local library.

    • Find a favorite reading spot in the house.

    • Help your child to retell the story encouraging the use of expression with his/her voice.

    • Help your child to predict what might happen next.

    Ask your child:
    •  Why do good readers read the pictures?
    Answer: The pictures tell the story
    • Why do good readers reread a book over and over?
    Answer: It helps the reader to remember and retell the story.
    • How can a reader predict what will happen next? 
    Answer: Readers use the pictures and details from page to page to support their thinking.