My classroom follows a balanced-literacy approach. The goal of this program is to help children become life-long readers and writers. It is based on the belief that all students can learn to read and write effectively at their own level.
There are 3 components to this literacy framework: Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop, and Word Study. We will spend about 2 1/2 hours a day working on these different components.
Students will learn reading strategies through explicit short lessons taught at the beginning of Reader's Workshop. These lessons are designed to help students become more independent readers, as well as help them to see how reading works.
Guided ReadingIn guided reading, a teacher works with small groups of children who have similar reading needs. This fosters comprehension skills and strategies, develops background knowledge, oral language skills, and provides as much instructional-level reading as possible. During guided reading, students are given exposure to a wide variety of texts and are challenged to use strategies that will help them to read the text on their own. Groups are flexible and can change.
Independent Reading is a time when students self-select and independently read "Just Right" books. Independent Reading provides an opportunity to apply strategies that have been modeled. "Just Right" books help students to become confident, motivated, and enthusiastic about reading.
The purpose of word study is to teach students how words work. Students are given formal instruction on spelling patterns and phonics. Each week, we will learn a spelling principle, and students will choose their words from a list that follows this pattern. They may select personal words to work on that are taken from their reading and writing.
Interactive Read Aloud
Teachers selects a book to read aloud to the class. They are modeling how good readers sound and how a book works. Teachers interact with students before, during, and after reading to help them understand and make connections.
Poetry WorkshopStudents are exposed to poetry and learn about poets. They can see how poems work and are different from other genres. They are able to have conversations about poems and make connections.
Writer's Mini-Lesson and Independent Writing
Students will learn about the writing process through mini-lessons. They are taught the components of good writing, and how to become a more independent writer. They have the opportunity to practice what they have learned on their own. The teacher will conference periodically with individuals to support them in this process.
More than anything, it is my goal for your child to be a life-long reader and writer. Enjoy this video about reading!
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