Today I launched reader’s workshop in my classroom. (Never mind the acid in my stomach and my bones, or the fact that Miss Nelson and I never made eye contact all morning, or all the other stuff that was going on. I soldiered ahead.)
It went pretty well. My class already knows how to love, read, and take care of books, so I skipped ahead from that lesson in the First Thirty Days. I introduced the format — opening, work period, and closing — and then I read a story and modeled how to draw a picture from the story, and copy the title of the story. Then the children read books QUIETLY (it was amazing how quiet they were) and then took their exciting new reading folders and reading journals to draw pictures from the books. A few of them even wrote the titles on their own; Miss Nelson, Miss Slinger and I helped the rest. (One poor child laboriously copied the word Scholastic from the cover of his book — I hadn’t the heart to tell him it wasn’t the book’s title.) Best of all, they got to use the date stamps all by themselves to date their pages.
At closing, almost everyone wanted to share their work with the class. Phew! It was an exhausting morning, but I was really pleased with how well it went. I want them to love reading and writing, and to be ready for reader’s workshop daily in kindergarten.