Quick Overview of our approach to ELA
The language arts program provides rich and varied experiences in each of the four interrelated language skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading.
We recognize that there are many ways in which children learn how to read. Our program builds on what the children already know about oral and written language and takes into account each child's learning style, interests, motivation and level of maturation. Carefully structured activities involve the children in functional language experiences and provide opportunities for literacy development in a stimulating and non-pressured way. Creative dramatics, block building, "sharing time", and outdoor play are some of the ways
Kindergartners learn to formulate ideas and communicate with increasing confidence, clarity and richness of vocabulary. Critical thinking is expanded through guided group discussions and informal questioning, as is the ability to make associations, sort through details, and focus on the main idea.
Placing labels around the room, having the children make lists and charts, and providing time for writing and reading messages and letters demonstrate to Kindergartners that language is purposeful. Daily story time develops children's appreciation of books and learning, while increasing comprehension and providing exposure to varied language patterns, vocabulary and writing styles.
Group readings of enlarged print books (Big Books) sharpen auditory discrimination skills, help develop phonic awareness and a sight vocabulary and direct children's attention to more complex reading strategies related to comprehension.
Reading readiness is developmental and should not be forced. Our ultimate goal for students is to develop, and maintain, a love of reading