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, active learning activities. Teachers and reading assistants collaborate to instruct students in small groups. A weekly spelling list is comprised of high-frequency sight words and other words used frequently in Class II curriculum.
Students write extensively, using D'Nealian style 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.