4-5 Reading, Writing & Literacy
Each week, students practice letter recognition and writing on paper and then place their work in a Portfolio, a systematic collection of their accumulated papers which can be used to observe progress over time. These activities are reinforced with weekly social studies themes to increase vocabulary. Listening and comprehension activities, rhyming, and language experience stories add to giving children the sense that words have meaning and literature is fun. During the first month of school, children are introduced to beginning readers, phonics, word families and sight words. Literacy songs, phonics games and hands-on learning centers increase each child’s attention-span and independent learning skills.