In Grades 1 to 3, students are encouraged to develop a love of learning and of reading.
Children learn in guided reading groups, do independent reading, and read with partners. They are encouraged to be active readers; they strengthen their decoding skills through both phonetic and whole language methods.
Teacher directed centers offer practice and instruction in the five areas of reading: phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.
Reading classes are taught using a variety of authentic literature sources such as picture books, fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.
Creative and expository writing is introduced and developed.
Reading and math are taught in small groups designed for different learning styles and developmental levels.