Highlights of our Reading Program
Children are taught to read using a balanced approach that integrates all aspects of the reading process. Teachers use “best practices” such as mini-lessons, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading with conferring, book clubs, book talks and comprehension strategy instruction. Teachers encourage students’ love for reading by making reading meaningful and fun. Children learn that reading is thinking and that all good readers use strategies. Our reading program is based on the work of professional educators such as Ken and Yetta Goodman, Lucy Calkins, Marie Clay, Regie Routman, Fountas & Pinnell, Ellin Oliver Keene and others. Read more about the District's English Language Arts Standards.
Highlights of our Writing Program
Students learn both the conventions and craft of writing through meaningful and relevant writing projects. Children are encouraged to write for many different purposes and in a variety of genres: stories, personal narrative, poetry, essays, All About Books, etc. Teachers use “best practices” such as mini-lessons, shared writing, mentor pieces, guided writing, independent writing with conferring, author studies and genre studies. Our Writing program is based on the work of professional educators such as Lucy Calkins, Donald Graves, Katie Wood Ray, and others. Read more about the District's English Language Arts Standards.