Reader's Workshop is an instructional model for reading that marries explicit instruction in reading strategies with opportunities for students to practice each reading strategy independently, with a peer, and in small groups. Each day the children will be part of a mini lesson which will last 10-15 minutes. During the time the teacher will remind the children of previously learned skills and introduce a new one. The teacher will think out loud modeling the skill while reading a story. After the mini lesson the children will then go off and read independently or with a partner to apply the skill with a book at his/her reading level. During this time the teacher will be conferencing with students. Following this portion, the group will come back together and share what we learned that day. As the year progresses the children will be applying all of the skills we have learned when we read. You will be amazed at how your child will not only become a reader but appreciate books and understand what is being read.