Guided Reading is an instructional strategy that helps students become great readers! It’s one of the many ways our Kindergarten teachers are adding all of the components of balanced literacy into the Kindergarten learning experience. What makes Guided Reading such an important part of literacy instruction? Teachers often describe this period as, ‘the golden-time of the day, where they get to read with students and deliver individualized instruction.’ The teacher meets with small groups of students who are grouped based on similar reading behaviors and who are able to read similar texts. These texts offer some challenges to students, but the teacher is there to provide support and instruction along the way. Teachers focus their lessons on different reading strategies that students require, such as: comprehension strategies, problem solving-strategies to figure out ‘tricky’ words they do not know, understanding sentence structure, reading with fluency, and building English vocabulary and grammar. While the Kindergarten teachers are working with small group of students, the rest of the class is building independence and responsibility for their work at one of the various literacy centers. Students are also responsible for reading their ‘Center Map’ to know where to go in the room, and when, as they rotate through the various workshops. Centers are specially designed by the Kindergarten teachers to meet the range of all learners, addressing a variety of interests and learning styles. The Kindergarten teachers are providing a rich reading environment by exposing your children to a variety of texts and genres, while students are clearly motivated and engaged in reading!