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JK / Kindergarten Literacy

Both our general education and S.E.I. classes share many common literacy practices. Our literacy block includes phonics instruction, Readers Workshop, Guided Reading, Writers Workshop, Read Aloud, Interactive Writing, and Shared Reading. Literacy activities involve both whole-class and small-group instruction. In our S.E.I. classes, there is an additional emphasis on oral story telling and story acting to support students’ English language acquisition.

Phonics Instruction
Our phonics instruction includes early literacy concepts, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, spelling patterns and high-frequency words.

Reader's Workshop
In Readers Workshop children work in small group and rotate between activities at their own pace. Activities include ABC(phonics), 123(math), Science, Social Studies, Independent Reading, Read Around the Room, Art, Blocks, Drama.

Guided Reading
During Guided Reading children participate in small reading groups based on their instructional needs. Groups change frequently based on the progress children are making.

Writer's Workshop
In Writers’ Workshop we begin by telling stories about our own lives. Through story telling, we build oral language skills and help facilitate stories for Writers’ Workshop. We discuss what great writers do, look at different authors and draw and write our own stories. Each Writers’ Workshop period begins with a mini-lesson. As children draw and write, they will have individual conferences with teachers about their drawing and writing.

Interactive Writing
During Interactive Writing, both the teacher and the students work together to create a text. The focus of Interactive Writing is on concepts and conventions of print, the sounds in words and how the sounds connect with letters. Children work together to plan and construct and write the text. The teacher guides this process and provides appropriate pacing, assistance and instruction when needed.