workshop

Grades (2-3), (4-5), & (6-8)

Does your child…

  • Watch movies or television? 

  • Play video games? 

  • Read *tons* of novels? 

  • Make comics? 

 

If you said, “yes,” to any of the above questions, then you have a reader on your hands! Storytelling is the lifeblood of any art or field. People make sense of the world by forming connections, and we are eager to illuminate the world of stories for your child! Becoming a strong reader is essential for any task, even outside of literature; ensuring that your child becomes a careful and thoughtful reader will give them the tools they need to flourish in all their ambitions for the future. 
 
At LTWN, we have the great fortune of teaching myriad students in our Reader’s Workshop—from those most averse to reading to those who will voraciously consume a novel within a couple of days. This engaging semester-long program furthers your child’s ability to practice and build their reading skills within our participation and differentiation-based classroom environment. Your child learns to employ effective reading strategies in both genres of fiction and nonfiction, all the while practicing critical and close reading by annotating, analyzing, and discussing one-to-two grade-level books and/or reading excerpts. Your child will receive a weekly mini-lesson, and by the end of the program, they will have finished a final portfolio—a testament to their hard work and creative spirit! 
 
Your child has the choice of partaking in the workshop for the Fall Semester (September—December), the Winter/Spring Semester (January—May), or the Summer Semester (June—July), with classes for Grades (2-3), (4-5), and (6-8). We hold our weekly classes synchronously and remotely, with each lesson lasting for 75 minutes. Our instructors give your child the space to participate in an interactive, differentiated, and democratic approach to pedagogy—a dynamism that traditional class models don’t frequently follow. Every child in our classes receives an equitable amount of instruction, made possible by our small class sizes and individualized feedback, which we provide. We top off each cohort at no more than 10 students, who will all be working with peers within their age range. Even more, the thoughtful written feedback our teachers provide every week ensures that your child is furthering their reading and writing skills to their greatest  potential. 
 
Our program positively impacts readers across the spectrum—building upon the needs of more reluctant readers while further motivating those who might be more ambitious. Here, your child grasps how to ask questions that are both strong and important when reading a text. They come to understand the patterns of nonfiction and fiction, which helps them better decipher information and ideas in the future (even in writing outside of the literary world)! The key strategies that they’ll develop will be invaluable; they include, Reread & Skim, Use Context Clues, Infer & Think Aloud, Locate Key Words, Make Predictions, Use Word Strategies, Visualize, Use Graphic Organizers, Evaluate Understanding, Summarize, Paraphrase, Annotate, Adjust Reading Rate (Pace), Reading Aloud, etc. The confidence your child gains in this reading program will prove infectious, and it will offer them a great source of motivation for their future success! Whether they decide to compete in science fairs, school debates, or poetry slams—or want to hold an insightful conversation—your child’s astute reading abilities will give them the insight needed to not only interpret books, but also to analyze each situation that comes their way. 
 
You will be amazed by your child as they further engage with the power of words. Through our workshop, they develop a stronger sense of who they are as a reader, and what kinds of texts they most positively respond to. The knowledge that your child gleans will transfer into all endeavors that they pursue! 
 
The great journalist, Margaret Fuller, once said, “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” At LTWN, we are excited to help your child become the leader that they have always wanted to be.