Our English Language Arts program has adapted the Lucy Calkins Units of Study Reading and Writing Programs. These curriculums are workshop model based curriculums.
Moreover, our reading program also utilizes the Daily 5 Management System that structures time for direct instruction of reading strategies, small groups, and independent practice with close monitoring by teachers. Students practice reading at an independent, “Just Right,” level each day and included in the students reading choices are integrated social studies and science content books.
Our Writing Program includes Units of Study in Opinion Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins. Handwriting is included in the Kindergarten and 1st grade curriculum. Starting in second grade, students begin working on typing practice to build writing and computer literacy skills.
In kindergarten to second grade we focus on building spelling skills through the use of Words their Way, while in third through eighth grade the focus shifts to building vocabulary and spelling.