Yesterday, we started a very important part of our first grade literacy daily routine--The Reading Workshop. We have been doing reading activities since the first day of school, but yesterday was the kick-off to our official Reading Workshop. Each workshop begins with a reading mini-lesson. Yesterday I shared some of my favorite types of books and students then went off to explore books at their tables. They came back to sharing circle and showed the class an example of a type of book they like to read. Knowing one's reading preferences is important--interest drives motivation! We found out that many students love non-fiction books about animals. Many also love books by Mo Willems (author of the "Pigeon" and Knuffle Bunny books, among many others), Dr. Seuss, and Harry Bliss (Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Fly, etc.). Students have a wide range of reading interests, but we found many connections among us.
I love these two photos (above and below)--such enthusiasm about BOOKS and READING! Hooray!