The ability to communicate clearly – to read, to write, and to speak and listen – is a central component of an educated society. Reading, writing, and speaking are essential tools for our success, for enriching and expanding our lives, and for creating knowledgeable citizens who can effectively communicate ideas.
As a result, the focus of our literacy curriculum is:
- • developing awareness of language as a tool;
- • reading and understanding a variety of written material;
- • writing and speaking for a variety of purposes;
- • applying higher-level thinking skills to reading, writing, speaking, and listening;
- • reading to select information from a variety of sources;
- • reading to enjoy literature.
At all levels, language arts is integrated into thematic units as well as math, science, and social studies. Each year builds on what students have previously learned. At all levels we help students learn strategies that enable them to construct meaning and make connections out of increasingly difficult materials. With this knowledge they can synthesize information to share ideas, opinions and experiences. We aim to provide these strategies to our children by modeling and developing word recognition skills, phonemic awareness, and context clues. These strategies allow them to engage with the text and to construct individual reading skills and strategies through predicting, comparing, comprehending, inferring, and summarizing important ideas.
To achieve these goals teachers help students draft, edit, and revise materials in order to respond to literature, to explain concepts, to convey information, and to communicate with others. We help them to learn correct grammar, accurate spelling and complete sentence and paragraph structure. We also help them use technology to write and do research.
We acknowledge that each child will progress at his or her own rate. It is our job as educators to encourage and challenge each of them to reach his or her full potential. Our ultimate goal is to help children become life-long, joyful, and literate learners who can succeed in an evolving world.