“The more that you read, the more things you will know. the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
The greatest challenges and joys of childhood are unlocking the mysteries of reading. In our 1-2-3 classroom children enter the world of reading for enjoyment and expanding their knowledge. Children are encouraged daily to select books of their choice.
In the first grade reading and writing are a constant focus throughout the day. Children are exposed to a variety of literature. Students study spelling patterns, and sight words to help them become fluent readers. They begin to apply comprehension and phonetic skills while reading and writing. Reading and writing are weaved through all disciplines and as their skills continue to develop, they become active learners and start reading for pleasure and information.
The second grade reading program continues the development of basic reading skills: word attack, syllabication, context clues, phrasing, and oral reading. Conceptual learning at this level includes recall of facts, comprehension, predicting outcomes, and interpreting material. They continue incorporating many different types of literature including fiction, non-fiction, biographies and poetry. A primary focus is reading for enjoyment and enrichment. A secondary focus is reading for information which is used in projects. The program focuses on the writing of clear, interesting sentences and simple paragraphs. Stories, poetry, personal narratives, and letters are written. Emphasis is placed on listening and speaking skills. Spelling, phonics and grammar are an integral part of the curriculum. The students are taught cursive writing in the second semester.
The third grade students continue developing their reading skills, fostering word study, expanding vocabulary, and practice in understanding context clues. Students also continue to develop comprehension skills through exercises in paragraph interpretations, making references, predictions, and drawing conclusions. Students are encouraged to read for pleasure. This is supported by daily silent reading for enjoyment of individual student choice material. Grammar and Spelling are developed for effective writing. Students are taught how to write several kinds of sentences and practice developing paragraphs. The writing of short stories, book reports, and social letters are developed. Continued work is done with the skills for listening and speaking.