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Mrs. Gruchacz, Principal
372 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4230
Fax: 609.806.4231

What is Reading Workshop?

Reading Workshop was designed by Columbia University and incorporates independent reading time with individual instruction. The class meets for a minilesson together. Each minilesson teaches a specific strategy that the readers can apply to their Just current ability in reading. In Kindergarten, students learn the conventions of reading and eventually ways to identify known words and sound out tricky words.

What can I work on at home with my child?   

One of the best things that you can do with your child is read to and with them as much as possible. In addition to reading there are some skills that the students are working on in class that will help them to progress:

1. Allow Your Child to Share- Ask your child about what they do with books in school. What have they learned about reading books?
2. Ask your child if they see words they know on a book page.

3. Retell the Story- After reading a book, have your child tell you what has happened with important information.

2. Make Predictions- While reading a story, stop your child and ask them to give you some predictions of what might happen next in the story.

3. Talk about the Characters- Who are the important characters? What are some of the traits that these characters have? Is there evidence from the book to support those traits?

What about high frequency words?

Below is a link with a list of high frequency words for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade. Practicing recognition of these words can help to make reading sound smooth and improve writing.