Our literacy program is a comprehensive and balanced program that is research-based and built upon high standards.  Students participate in a blend of the following components as they learn to become highly literate individuals.

Guided Reading provides the opportunity to match reading instruction to the individual. The tailored small group instruction allows the teacher to model and prompt the student to think about the reading process supported by independent reading strategies. The instruction is guided by the student’s needs through careful assessment and observations.

The Fundations program (utilized in PreK through second grade) is a structured, sequential, and cumulative phonics/spelling program that uses multisensory teaching techniques.  Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System and provides a solid foundation for reading and spelling. 

Junior Great Books (grades 3-6) combines reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, and collaborative discussion to raise students’ literacy achievement.

Writing Workshop provides an environment for students to develop their voice and engage in writing a variety of texts.  Teachers guide students through the writing process and provide instruction through mini-lessons and student conferences.  Writing Workshop provides students a chance to use writing for different purposes across the curriculum while fostering independence and a lifelong love of writing.

The Sitton Spelling program (grades 1-6) emphasizes correct spelling in everyday writing, not just for a weekly test.  Sitton Spelling focuses on the words most frequently used in writing, as well as word analysis to identify patterns in the structure of words.  The program is designed to allow for individualized spelling word study, determined through student assessment, so that each student is provided with a customized word list.  


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