Reading is taught using a workshop model. During one Readers’ Workshop period, a teacher typically works with the whole class on a skill or concept and transitions to individual conferencing or working with small groups. The development of early literacy is a priority, and it is developed using a balanced approach which incorporates phonics, sight words, vocabulary development, rhyming, letter patterns, chunks, and comprehension strategies. Students are evaluated regularly using district selected and teacher developed assessment tools. Those students needing additional support outside the classroom receive reading support provided by qualified reading specialists. One of the reading interventions at John Lyman School is called HOT Readers.