Literacy and Your Child
Readers Workshop is
a block of approximately 60 minutes each day in an environment where
all readers are respected and reading lives are nurtured. Time is spent
talking, reading independently, conferring with other students and/or
the teacher, working in guided reading groups at the child’s
instructional level, participating in a mini-lesson (7-10 minutes),
being read to by the teacher and sharing/reflecting one one’s learning.
Writers Workshop takes
place 5 days a week as well, and lasts 40 minutes to 1 hour. During
this time, students learn through talking/sharing, curriculum driven
mini-lessons, conferring, writing and reflecting. The majority of mini
lessons focus on a mentor text read aloud by the teacher and the
students are encouraged to try it on their own. Throughout the year
narrative writing, non-fiction, how-to books, poetry, and small moments
Guided Reading happens when the teacher facilitates with a small group
of students. Books are read at their level and activities are completed
with teacher guidance and support. Students who are not engaged in a
book club meeting with the teacher are listening to audio books, buddy
reading, writing in their notebooks, building sentences, or working on
word study activities.
Independent Read is
a small block of time (15 -20 minutes) when all students are reading
books that are "just right". In the beginning of the year the books are
selected by the teacher for the child. As the year progressing, the
children become responsible for selecting their own books as they
determine which books are "just right" for them. The teacher listens to 4
students during this block of time. The child selects the book and
reads it aloud as the teacher makes notes and confers.
Word Study and Spelling is
a block of time in which we do a variety of activities and games that
focus on high frequency words, spelling words, word families, and
strategies for decoding words.
During workshops and clubs children are given opportunities for
individual choices and work. There are however, clear expectations for
what they need to be doing and consequences for when they choose not to
use their work time well.