• Balanced Literacy Approach

    How Phonics is taught in our classroom:

    • Through a balanced literacy program, that includes direct instruction in phonics and discrete skills
    • Through Big Books, Songs, Plays, and Poems with known text used in the context of a meaningful task
    • By interactive music and movement activities as part of our daily routines tied to literature and stories, songs, and poems
    • Modeled through teacher demonstration and student interaction integrated with journal writing, writing activities, and special word books
    • With Guided Reading and Guided Writing
    • Through book making as an integral part of our high-frequency word list
    Teaching children to Read is based on these BELIEFS:
    • Reading programs should be child-centered
    • The foundations of literacy are laid in the early years
    • Reading for meaning is paramount
    • Reading must always be rewarding
    • Children learn to read by reading, and also by experiencing writing
    • Children learn best with books that have meaning and are rewarding
    • The best approach to teaching reading is a combination of approaches, offering instruction in phonics and discrete skills as well as experience with good literature.  This is the essence of "balanced literacy"
    • Children need to be read to everyday
    • The best cure for reading failure is good first teaching
    • The partnership between teacher, parent, and child will make a child a successful reader!


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