Encouraging Lifelong Readers
We aim to help students:
Develop a lifelong appreciation for the power and beauty of the written word
Become insightful readers and active listeners
Speak and write with increasing confidence and clarity.
Our literacy program builds on the children's existing knowledge and rich linguistic experience. In the primary grades a developmental approach is used and on-going assessments help guide teachers in meeting individual needs and learning styles.
Within this developmental framework children acquire skills according to their own readiness.
Reading, Writing and Verbal Communication
Reading is taught through a comprehensive literacy program with exposure to various genres of written language such as classical literature, poetry, and novels.
Through exposure to a rich array of literary themes, self- awareness, respect, sharing and giving, empathy, community, and social justice, values and ideas are systematically explored and integrated through the curriculum.
In response to literature, students engage in lively discussions about human relationships, personal and group identity, and solving interpersonal problems. Children begin to learn about the world around them and delve into issues of diversity and perspective-taking.
Emphasis is on the interconnectedness between reading and writing. Kindergarten begins with a multi-sensory approach through story dictation and Writer’s Workshop. We strive to make language experiences joyful and respectful of each child’s developmental readiness.
Throughout the elementary school experience children are encouraged to put their own voices into print: their thoughts, ideas, illustrations, findings, and discoveries. Teachers work to create an environment of respectful "give and take" in order to nurture the developing potential of young writers.
Becoming Published Authors
Traits of Effective Writing are taught which include: idea development, organization, voice, word choice sentence style, and conventions. Students learn to edit, revise, and rewrite their work. In all grades, students become published authors, demonstrating their knowledge of narrative, descriptive, expository and persuasive writing.