Kindergarten

A comprehensive literacy program is cultivated in our literature-rich learning environment, where children progress at a developmentally appropriate rate.  A love of literature is promoted; many experiences with books and phonemic awareness activities are provided, and guided reading is introduced for the first time.  We provide a balance of reading, writing, speaking and listening experiences.

Reading
  • Phonemic awareness: awareness of sound
  • Phonics: sound and symbol awareness – associating letters with the sound they make – consonant, vowels, and word family studies
  • Word study activities help students learn and apply strategies for rapidly identifying words, as well as for expanding vocabulary and spelling abilities
  • Guided Reading: small group instruction
Writing
  • Practice with phonetic spelling
  • Authentic writing experiences: book making and journaling
  • Application of sight words
Listening and Speaking
  • Greeting
  • Morning Meeting
  • Share Time
  • Journal sharing
  • Presentations at All-School Meeting
Special events throughout the year:
  • I am thankful
  • Love is…
  • Bookworm Celebration

Grade 1

First graders experience a comprehensive literacy program encompassing reading, writing, listening and speaking.  Language Arts opportunities include interactive read-aloud and literature discussions, shared reading, writing, guided reading, phonics, spelling, and word study.

Instruction draws on current research and practice in order to ensure that students develop successful reading and writing habits.  A love of reading and writing is nurtured in an environment that balances skills, strategies, materials, and social and emotional support.  Many activities during the day revolve around reading. Learning to read independently is an important achievement and goal of first grade.

Technology is embedded into the curriculum in a thoughtful way to reinforce the skills being used through Raz-Kids.com and Lexia Core 5

These essential questions guide learning in the classroom and are lens in which the curriculum is focused.

How can spelling and handwriting help me communicate most clearly and effectively in writing?

How do I assess my own writing and check for sentence conventions and appropriate spelling?

How can I use resources to improve my spelling and handwriting?

  • Our workshop approach to learning allows students to be actively involved as they develop literacy skills.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a variety of genres as readers and writers.
  • Written products include journals, poetry, inquiry-based research projects, response to literature and personal narratives.
  • Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension continue to be an integral part of literacy development.
  • Grammar is taught within the context of the children’s writing.