Class II Literacy
The Waterford reading model teaches children specifically at their instructional reading level. Comprehension and fluency skills are taught and reinforced in small reading groups through the use of quality children's literature. Spelling and writing skills are strengthened in small group phonics instruction. Both reading and phonics instruction employ hands-on, high student involvement activities. Teachers and reading assistants collaborate to instruct students in small groups. Oral home reading to an adult is required. A weekly spelling list is comprised of sight words and other words used frequently in Class II curriculum.
Students write extensively, using the D'Nealian style of script. Students develop sentence-writing skills with letters, poems, narrative and expository pieces. Students participate in the writing process from prewriting to final draft. The students' writing improves as self-editing and teacher editing are implemented. Grammar topics include nouns, verbs, and adjectives.