Literacy is the primary focus of the first grade curriculum.
Children are actively engaged in reading and writing everyday in a
variety of ways.
Components of the reading curriculum include
“Shared Reading” of big books, poems, and charts. Children read
independently during “Quiet Reading” and are read aloud to everyday.
Direct instruction takes place in small groups with children who are at a
similar point in their reading development. Reading materials used
include trace books, multiple copies of leveled texts, as well as
teacher and student made materials.
“Writing Workshop” children write independently on topics of their own
choosing. Children are encouraged to use invented spelling. Through
“Interactive and Shared Writing”, the whole class works together to
compose and write sentences, stories, lists, messages, and letters.
Skills are taught through whole class mini-lessons and individual
conferencing. Word study and phonics are integrated throughout the
literacy development is assessed in the fall and again in the spring
through the BAS (Benchmark Assessment System), which uses writing
samples and written observations (running records) of children’s reading
to document progress.