Departments

WRITING

Writing begins with the student`s initial school experience. The use of the writing process (brainstorming, pre-writing, drafting, revising, and conferencing, editing and publishing) and the 6 Traits plus 1 analytical writing approach continues throughout the grades. Writing is not an isolated experience but is integrated throughout the school day in various curricular areas. Teachers introduce and reinforce the components of good writing at each grade level.

SPEAKING/LISTENING

Communication skills are an integral part of the learning experience. Listening and speaking skills develop as the child progresses through school. Learning these skills enables the student to become an active participant in the learning process. These skills are particularly important for second language learners and are practiced and put to use through presentations, assemblies, morning messages and circle time. Therefore they form an important part of the Elementary curriculum.

SPELLING

The formal spelling program focuses on spelling patterns and words student frequently misspell. Students also learn to use tools such as the dictionary, collaboration with peers, and technological devices.

READING

We believe that reading is the key to academic success. It is therefore important that an interest in literature is fostered in the classroom from an early age. The class teacher encourages this through group reading activities, listening to each student read individually at least twice a week and using supplementary reading material. Parents are encouraged to help their child with reading by listening to them read at home daily and asking them about what they read to improve comprehension skills.