The learning environment provides a balanced approach to literacy, which helps children see themselves as readers, writers, listeners and speakers. Rich literature, environmental print, oral language with explicit instruction focused on phonological and phonemic awareness skills, and opportunities to draw and write are implemented within the daily routines. PreK three children are introduced to all the capital letters of the alphabet and their sounds. Children are encouraged to learn many rhymes and chants through the nursery songs and rhymes developed by the Waterford Institute. Exploring thematic topics strengthens skills as the children listen attentively, share their ideas, learn how symbols are used as representations to communicate ideas, and strive to make sense of meaning and print in their environment. These experiences strengthen their understanding and love of language.
The goal of literacy in the PreK is to help children see themselves as readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. Careful listening and taking turns to talk is the beginning. The balanced literacy program provides experiences for children to listen to interesting language, learn new vocabulary and print in context of thematic topics, and receive direct instruction of reading and writing in small groups. Quality children's literature, books, rhymes, chants, environmental print, and focused attention on phonological and phonemic awareness skills are implemented within the daily routines. PreK Four children are introduced to capital and lowercase letters and sounds of the alphabet. Additional alphabet and phonological skills are explicitly taught based on student readiness.