Reader's Workshop has a brand new twist to it on Fridays. Students from Mrs. Constande's and Ms. Anderson's Fourth Grade class has been partnering up with our class for part of our Reader's Workshop. Last Friday, they were introduced to each other. Their class shared a poem and got familiar with their new reading partners. This week, First Grade students brought their book bins to the floor to share with their their new partner. The fourth graders brought a questionnaire to get to know their little friends better. So after a few books were read, the questions were asked of the first grader. The topic: "What would you change if your were in charge of the world?" Some of the answers were thoughtful: "I would get rid of allergies" and some answerer were comical, "I would have a nicer sister!" At closing, we shared a few of these papers with the whole and group and had a great time learning about each other. These meetings will benefit both grades. Our first grade students have the opportunity to read a book to a "big kid" and the fourth grade student will have the chance to help a younger student with reading strategies; thus, sharpen his/her own reading skills. When it was time to go, many hugs were given out as the older children left and as one student murmured, "I can't wait until next Friday -- I'm going to find a good book to read to her."