Reading and Writing
We use Houghton Mifflin as the primary reading program. Throughout the day, we also use best practices from Lucy Calkins from Teachers College, Columbia University and the Daily Five. During the year, we implement a Balanced Literacy approach to teaching reading & writing. Your child will be engaged in reading workshop, writing workshop, shared reading, shared writing, interactive writing, read-alouds, guided reading as well as exploration of "just right" books that the children read everyday.
Writing is so important for child development. It gives children an outlet for their creativity and feelings. I believe that daily writing is so powerful for every student. We will be writing in notebooks each day. Please encourage your child to write at home in a journal as well. I use best practices from Teachers College Writing Project in addition to the core curriculum. The Writing Project is a research and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Project has helped teachers act as mentors for students who are learning to be powerful and independent writers. In Workshop, students learn to observe their lives and the world around them, collect, draft, revise and publish well-crafter narrative and expository texts.
Units of Study:
For more information about Teachers College, go to http://rwproject.tc.columbia.edu/