The literacy curriculum is a balanced literacy approach based on
the leading literacy researchers, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas.
There are three main components of the literacy curriculum: Language and
Word Study, Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop.
Language and Word Study
involves class meetings, interactive read alouds, language and word
plays, modeled/shared reading, modeled/shared interactive writing, and
phonics/word study mini-lessons.
writer's workshop curriculum is based upon the Talking, Drawing, and
Writing Curriculum of Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe. Students
develop as writers through oral story telling, drawing, and writing.
During this time, students begin in a whole group for a mini-lesson.
Then students work individually and in small groups on the skill
presented in the mini-lesson. Students then come together as a class and
take turns sharing their work with their classmates.
kindergarten, the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used. This
curriculum teaches lessons in a sequence that makes sense
developmentally- in groups of similar letter formation. After children
master the easiest letters they are able to move on to more difficult
letters. In kindergarten, we begin by teaching the capital letters first
and then move on to lowercase letters. The instruction occurs in three
- Imitation: Teacher demonstrates letter formation and children imitate it,
- Copying: Children are asked to copy a model of the practice letter,
- independent writing: Children are asked to write a letter without demonstration or a model.