Reading

We use a combination of Literacy resources to best meet the needs of our students, which includes:

ReadyGEN
Teachers College Units of Study in Reading
Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems
Literature Circles

In Kindergarten and Grade 1 we use both of these research-based curriculums ReadyGEN and the TC Units of Study in Reading  to provide students with the foundational skills they will need to be successful in the upper grades.

ReadyGEN™ is a comprehensive English language arts curriculum that will help our students meet the expectations set by the Common Core State Standards. ReadyGEN uses topically organized text sets and highly engaging routines to build students’ knowledge and promote sustained critical thinking. With ReadyGEN, we are preparing our students for everything!

Designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards, the TC Units of Study in Reading offers grade-by-grade curricula rooted in the Teachers' College best practices and newest thinking. It includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading skills and strategies, grounded in the Project’s learning progressions for narrative and informational reading. 

In addition to both of these programs, teachers use guided reading groups to provided direct targeted instruction at every child's individual instructional level.  Students are assessed formally four times a year to determine their instructional reading level.  Their progress is monitored throughout the year through the us of guided reading groups.  Students are homogeneously grouped  in groups of nor more than six.  Their teacher, who has devised questions to elicit information about the students' reading comprehension, tracks their progress and continues to target their areas of need until students demonstrate they have overcome that need and move them to the next reading level.

Starting in Grade 2, students engage in Literature Circles to allow students in groups of 5 to read texts of their interest more in-depth.  Students rotate roles so that they have the opportunity to practice different skills.  This is also the time that students have to chance to read such classics as Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary and Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell.

Writing

As with Reading, we use a combination of resources to best meet the needs of our students:

Teachers College Units of Study in Writing
Foundations
Handwriting Without Tears
Wordly Wise

We use the TC Units of Study in Writing to provide our teachers the teaching points, minilessons, conferences, and small group work needed to teach a comprehensive workshop curriculum in opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing. 

The early grades use Handwriting Without Tears to develop their penmanship in order to communicate their thoughts clearly and effectively and teachers are also trained in the use of Fundations to provide students phonemic awareness. 

For vocabulary development, students in the Second Grade use Wordly Wise to expand their vocabulary and enhance their writing.