The Science of Reading guides the Elementary School Language Arts Program. Students, guided by their teachers, learn from an interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based research on reading and writing. Our approach to reading instruction focuses on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. One of the major differences in our instruction of reading and writing is that it includes oral language profi-ciency. Throughout their experience, students are given many opportunities to present projects and engage in public speaking in addition to reading and writing skills. In our 21st Century world, students need to be able to speak and engage with their audience verbally as well as they read and write.
In the lower elementary grades, students have daily Language Arts lessons with labs that extend and support student learning in both reading and writing. Labs are designed to provide students the time to explore language in a deeper way, immerse themselves in content knowledge, and practice skills and habits of character through reading, writing, engineering, art, and story-telling. Students are introduced to a variety of imperative writing skills including spelling, sentence construction, hand-writing, revision, and editing.
In the upper elementary grades, Language Arts lessons are complemented by a language and literacy block when students have additional time to work with texts, ideas, and skills in order to deepen their understanding of concepts through small group activities. Students continue to build strong writing skills through extensive spelling, grammar, and vocabulary instruction. Along with studying mentor texts, students explore various genres of writing, and use their skills to write in real-world scenarios.
In all grades, our writing program uses differentiated instruction to foster insightful and impactful writing. As they move through our program, all students will write memoirs, essays, poems, persuasive essays, journals, research papers and technical reports. They also begin to plan stories and to consider voice, style, tone, and audience. Writing mechanics, spelling and grammar are emphasized across the curriculum.