Every child at our school is exposed to and engaged in a literacy-rich environment. We strive to create an atmosphere where children are explorers, problem solvers, and critical thinkers. We desire for children to become lifelong learners who love to read! We use a research based, balanced approach to literacy.
In order to be successful readers, children first need a strong foundation in phonemic awareness and oral language development. At all levels, you will find children engaged in chants, rhymes, songs and many other opportunities to “play with language.” Because it holds such meaning for a child, we use a child’s name to first introduce letters and sounds. From there, we use a variety of materials and methods to reinforce learning and make connections to new learning.
Our classrooms are filled with authentic purposes for reading and writing. You will find inviting library centers where children can read and well-stocked writing centers where children can write letters, stories, lists or anything they have in mind. Through read-alouds and shared writing, teachers are intentional about modeling strategies for learning. Shared reading is an opportunity for the teacher and students to interact with a text together. Teachers use this time to help students learn about elements of text and to build a foundation for reading skills. Likewise, shared writing is an interactive experience where students can help generate a message or story and even "share the pen" to help write part of the message themselves. These are excellent opportunities to learn about how letters and words work.