Language arts is a main focus in our early childhood curriculum. Throughout the year we focus on phonological awareness through interactive activities. Students are constantly engaged in projects that interest them, as they build upon their prior knowledge. We base our lessons on the children’s needs and abilities when it comes to letter identification and sounds, building words, letter formation, handwriting, literacy and comprehension. Students participate in Orton-Gillingham based lessons that teach letter sounds in fun ways that have the students moving, speaking, practicing sounds, manipulating, and understanding consonant-vowel-consonant words. We incorporate phoneme review and phonological awareness into all of our activities. Topics covered include writing about small moments, informational writing, fiction vs. nonfiction, poetry, research, character study, and more. Students are assessed individually by teachers to ensure individualized and differentiated instruction.
- Students will learn to analyze each part of a story as we explore story elements.
- Students will learn to identify characters in each story, as well as the setting, problem, solution, character feelings, and events during whole-group discussions and shared reading.
- Students will learn to read new sight words each week and identify these sight words in environmental print, as well as during independent and shared reading time.
- Students will practice making sentences using sight words.