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Imagine walking into a kindergarten classroom during literacy time…what do you expect to see? You may be surprised to find five-year-olds quietly reading with a partner, listening to stories on the iPads, practicing phonics games independently, or reading on the floor with the teacher.
Teaching students to become independent learners is a main goal for SIS kindergarten teachers. The workshop model is a wonderful way teachers can maintain a flexible literacy program, allowing teachers to modify it to the specific needs of their students.
The main components of Reader's Workshop are:
◆ Read to Self- Students find a quiet spot in room and read a “Just Right” book independently.
◆ Read to Someone- Two students “partner read” and then discuss the story they’ve read together.
◆ Listen to Reading- Children use the computer to listen and follow along to age-appropriate story books.
◆ Word Work- Students are given a variety of options to practice their phonics skills including rhyming games, penmanship practice, and word building activities.
◆ Read with Teacher- Students work in a small group to practice literacy fluency and comprehension with the teacher or teaching assistant.
Any teacher will tell you that their greatest moment in the classroom is when they see a “light bulb” going off in a child’s eyes because true understanding has taken place. Reader's Workshop is an organized approach to creating independent learners, in which “light blubs” are constantly flickering.