The Language Arts curriculum is designed to develop and cultivate a life-long love of reading and writing in developmentally appropriate ways. Language Arts includes instruction in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Reader’s Workshop Through Reader’s Workshop, each child will learn how to choose books appropriate for his/her particular reading ability that are called “Just Right Books.” Students use print and comprehension strategies. Within partnerships, books will be discussed and read together. Children will become knowledgeable about various genres such as fantasy, poetry, historical fiction, nonfiction, etc. Connection between in-school reading and out-of-school reading will be made. Shared Reading Through the use of poems, Big Books, picture books and chapter books, the children participate in this whole group activity by reading along, making predictions, and developing strategies to strengthen reading skills. In younger grades, enlarged text is used so the children can be actively engaged in the reading process. On subsequent readings, the children will participate by reading more and more of the text. Students will have the opportunity to read the stories both independently and with a partner. Concepts of print, high frequency words, punctuation, oral expression, letter-sound links, and story structures are taught.
Comprehension Strategies Teachers model and students learn various strategies to help them interact more completely with their reading, bringing themselves to the text to engage in a richer, deeper, and more thoughtful reading experience. Each strategy taught will help the students to think when they read, to develop an awareness of their thinking, and to use these strategies to better comprehend the text.
Guided Reading/Book Clubs Children will work in small literacy groups with the teacher or with classmates focusing on developing and building an understanding of specific skills and strategies. During this time, other children are engaged in various hands-on, literature-based learning center activities, working both independently and in cooperative partnerships or groups.
Independent Reading As children develop as readers, they are given a selected amount of time each day to select books of choice for reading independently. This period, called “Stamina Reading,” is designed to encourage independence and enjoyment in reading, along with giving the children opportunities to strengthen and practice skills, such as accuracy and fluency. Our classroom library has a variety of genres including fantasy, poetry, historical fiction, realistic fiction, mystery, biographies, folktales and nonfiction books that are always available for the children to read.
Read Aloud Children will be enjoy being read aloud frequently, which improves listening skills, builds vocabulary, and aids reading comprehension. Most importantly, it provides children with a positive attitude toward reading.
Writer’s Workshop Through the use of Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop model, the students are given daily opportunities to write in school, beginning in kindergarten. After teacher modeling during mini-lessons, the children use the steps of the writing process including: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Throughout the year, students will have the opportunity to write personal narratives, study specific writing strategies from real authors, study non-fiction texts and their components, work in partnerships to guide and enhance writing, and study and write poetry. The children are encouraged to write in all subjects in a variety of forms.
Handwriting The children will be using the Handwriting Without Tears® program. Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT) is a simple, developmentally based curriculum for printing and cursive. HWT teaches a vertical style that is easy to write and easy to read.
Word Study Throughout the year students are taught strategies to improve their spelling as well as essential spelling rules. Word Study exposes children to groups of words with common characteristics. Students sort the words based on their patterns and practice spelling using various activities on the iPads and through their writing.
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