Class I Literacy
Through an abundance of selected literature, the children develop greater fluency and comprehension. They are engaged in silent reading, partner reading, group reading, reading along with recordings, comprehension activities, and vocabulary building. Students master the skills of phonics and phonemic awareness. 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.
To accompany and complement this program, the children are involved in daily writing. Spelling list words are taken from the phonics program. Handwriting is based on D'Nealian style of script. Students learn lower and upper case manuscript. Emphasis is on correct letter formation, word and letter spacing, alignment, and neatness.