Goals and Philosophy of Language Arts Program:

  • To plant the seed and nurture growth of the love of reading
  • To encourage and expand the use of language
  • To offer both the whole language and phonetic approach to reading
  • To develop specific skills as they pertain to the developmental readiness of each child
  • To educate in a way that allows the social, emotional and academic growth of the child in a positive and fun learning environment

Pre-reading / Literacy Skills:

  • Exposure to the alphabet
  • Working from left to right
  • Working from top to bottom
  • Introduce the concept of rhyming
  • Introduce the concept of opposites
  • Basic sequencing
  • First and last name recognition
  • Name upper case letters
  • Name lower case letters
  • Associate consonants with sounds
  • Identify beginning consonant sounds (when developmentally appropriate)
  • Identify ending consonant sounds (when developmentally appropriate)
  • Introduce short vowels and sight words (when developmentally appropriate)

Whole Language:

  • Participate in a shared reading experience
  • Use children’s experience and prior knowledge to extrapolate meaning and comprehension from books and thematic activities
  • Share experiences and share ideas
  • Oral listening comprehension
  • Understand main idea of story
  • Follow and retain sequence of story events
  • Recall information from listening to stories and discussion

Active Listening / Listening Comprehension:

    • Listen and respond appropriately to simple oral directions
    • Actively listen to fully understand instructions or daily messages and agenda
    • Listen attentively when teacher speaks or reads
    • Listen to make predictions about stories read aloud
    • Listen to rhymes and songs to begin developing an understanding of letter / sound relationships
    • Connect messages heard to prior knowledge and experiences

Fine motor skills / Handwriting:

  • Encourage the use of various writing tools (pencils, crayons, markers)
  • Tracing from left to right
  • Tracing straight, curved, or slanted lines
  • Hold pencil with appropriate three-point grip
  • Use ‘pinch and flip’ lesson
  • Begin to form letters correctly
  • Use of variety of Montessori based activities to exercise and strengthen muscles used in printing
  • Foster correct scissor grip and cutting skills