o We use Kid Writing and Lucy Caulkins as our guiding principal for teaching writing.
o Children are encouraged to write the sounds they hear as they stretch words (phonics).
o Children are encouraged to write about what they know.
o Children will write all about stories and how-to booklets.
Decoding and Comprehension
o Small groups are used during guided reading to promote fluency and use of reading strategies.
o Read alouds are used to promote comprehension within and beyond the text.
o Shared reading/ echo reading promote reading behaviors such as left/ right progression, return sweep, and 1:1 correspondence when reading words.
o Independent reading is built in throughout the day by using poems, pocket chart stories, and small books.
o The more sight words children know the better readers they become.
o These are words that are among those used most frequently by children in their writing.
o Sight words help to build fluency.
The letters and phonemes (letter sounds) will be introduced through poems, chants, matching games, sorting activities and stories.
This genre is explored to discover rhyming words as well as sight words and letter identification.
We discuss what is alive and what is not. We explore the Foss Kit, Animals 2x2.
We discuss the parts of a plant. We examine and document changes in plants as they grow.
We chart the weather daily and make comparisons. We discuss appropriate clothing and activity choices based on the weather.
We explore how each child is a valued member of the community.
Math Expression topics we explore include: