Our Language Arts curriculum makes literacy relevant to children’s lives. We foster a love of reading and communicating. Learning strategies that enable one to effectively read, write, speak, think, and listen extend the child’s natural inclination to communicate ideas, fantasies, emotions, thoughts, questions and experiences with others and for themselves. Our curriculum is based upon the premise that communication involves complex processes and skills, all of them basic not only to communication, but to living as a fully-functioning, creative human being. It is rooted in the Language-Experience approach and Piaget’s assertion that a child’s interests and experiences are used as a springboard into further investigation via reading and writing.
Specific components of our curriculum include:
- Phonological awareness/phonics
- Reading for fluency
- Vocabulary development and word exploration
- Reading comprehension strategies
- Individual reading conferences
- Small group guided reading
- Homework reading nightly
- Writing: journal writing, report writing, dictation, writing as a process which involves brainstorming, outlining, creating rough drafts, critiquing, revising, creating a final draft and publishing.
- Writing with a focus on the six traits: ideas, organization, word choice, voice, sentence fluency, and conventions
- Read aloud daily where developmentally appropriate
- Silent, sustained reading
- Shared reading and drama
- Speaking and viewing experiences: class meetings, project presentations, storytelling