Kindergarten Literacy

Department:  Lower School

Kindergarten Literacy
The Kindergarten Literacy program is designed to help children realize that they are readers and writers. The focus is to instill a love for fine literature. Students are involved in reading instruction which is literature based with an emphasis on phonics and phonemic awareness. Beginning with familiar nursery rhymes, stories, poems, and songs, the children are immersed in a print-rich environment. They participate in independent reading and writing activities, lively unison readings, and creative writing. Small and whole group instruction includes phonics, decoding skills, and penmanship. Children are introduced to prominent authors of children's literature. They read a variety of books by each author. 

D'Nealian style script is used for handwriting instruction, focusing on consistent size, form, slant, and spacing. The students participate in daily journal writing. As their writing skills develop, they begin to write complete sentences.