In the early elementary years, students are exposed to a wide range of literature such as picture books, chapter books, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Students are guided through the integration of phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension, delving more deeply into texts and building reading stamina. Comprehension strategies include retelling, sequencing, making meaningful connections, elements of a story, and the author’s intent. Together, teachers and students develop goals that are both challenging and within reach with constant feedback on their progress.
In the upper elementary years, reading instruction is focused on building a lifelong love of reading. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of authors and genres and are taught to make connections between the texts and their own lives and the real world. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their reading. In a variety of groupings, students explore various themes through different reading genres. A workshop-based approach allows students to connect more deeply with their literary choices through discussion, written analysis, and projects. Students also enjoy teacher- and student-led book clubs.