Reader's Workshop is a reading program from Teacher's College developed by Lucy Calkins. This program enables students to choose books that interest them, that are on their just right reading level. In the beginning of the year the class will be reading storybooks that may be familiar to you. These books will be coming home with students so we hope you enjoy them as well! The first couple of reading units in kindergarten are focused on developing concepts of print, phonemic awareness, phonics and the use of story language to approximate their reading. During the year, the units are created to teach children the strategies they need to begin reading print. These strategies include, but are not limited to, searching for meaning and using picture clues. By the end of the year your child will participating in book clubs and becoming experts in multiple genres!
Writing Workshop works in tandem with Reading Workshop. Students will take a journey over the course of the year as a writer! Starting in the beginning of the year, students begin approximating writing by adding pitures and labels to their work. By the end of the year students are able to write "How-To" Books on a topic of their interest. The growth in Kindergarten writing is astounding and exciting to watch!