The three third grade teachers led a presentation for parents of students in grades 3-5 about the reading workshop model used in the classrooms. Allie Hyer, Kendra Reasor and Cindy Womack went to Columbia University this summer to learn more about the Lucy Calkins method, which was developed by the children's literature professor in New York.
In the reading workshop method, students choose their own "just right" books, write their own responses to what they are reading and work in small groups to discuss the books. Another component is the teacher read aloud tha helps students build auditory comprehension skills.
Students read a book of their choosing each night and record their responses for homework. Teachers help guide the students to choose the level of difficulty of books, which are rated using the A-Z Fountas + Pinnell. The teachers gave parents tips on how to help their child understand what they are reading.
In grades K-2, teachers focus on learning to reading and building the skills for the students to be successful in the workshop model.