"Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world."
We believe reading is a natural process and a personal experience. The classroom atmosphere along with our understanding of how reading develops, creates a natural learning environment. We spend time with books every day. The children choose books weekly for their own personal book box and they read either by themselves, with a friend or with a teacher.
We model reading behaviors and comprehension skills by reading aloud or reading along side the children. We provide a variety of opportunities for children to read independently. We read quality literature which follows the interests of the child as well as the rhythm of the season.
Children develop at their own pace with guidance from the teacher, their peers and from the environment.
"Writing, like life itself, is a voyage of discoveries." - Henry Miller
Writing opportunities abound in our classroom and honors individual thoughts and creative expression. By creating a safe atmosphere where kids can explore written language, make marks on paper, and communicate ideas through a variety of paper choices, writing emerges. Children will have opportunities to see writing modeled, share the pen with the teacher and write independently through out the course of the day. Children will be encouraged to write their thoughts and ideas alongside their discoveries, celebrate the small moments and appreciate authors as mentors.
"Every book you've ever read is just a different combination of 26 letters."
Children will engage in a variety of opportunities to study letters, sounds, and word formation throughout the day and across the curriculum. Our study of letters is a part of each day and embedded in the environment in natural ways. Whether in the block area, at the art table or at dramatic play, kids will be exposed to the alphabet and be given opportunities to play with words. Letters, their sounds and words will be taught in a playful way using the children's interests as points of entry for further study.