Kindergarten Literacy

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The literacy curriculum is a balanced literacy approach based on the leading literacy researchers, Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas. There are three main components of the literacy curriculum: Language and Word Study, Reading Workshop, and Writing Workshop.

Language and Word Study
This involves class meetings, interactive read alouds, language and word plays, modeled/shared reading, modeled/shared interactive writing, and phonics/word study mini-lessons.

Writing Workshop
The writer's workshop curriculum is based upon the Talking, Drawing, and Writing Curriculum of Martha Horn and Mary Ellen Giacobbe. Students develop as writers through oral story telling, drawing, and writing. During this time, students begin in a whole group for a mini-lesson. Then students work individually and in small groups on the skill presented in the mini-lesson. Students then come together as a class and take turns sharing their work with their classmates.

In Kindergarten, the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum is used. This curriculum teaches lessons in a sequence that makes sense developmentally- in groups of similar letter formation. After children master the easiest letters they are able to move on to more difficult letters. In Kindergarten, we begin by teaching the capital letters first and then move on to lowercase letters. The instruction occurs in three stages:

  1. Imitation: Teacher demonstrates letter formation and children imitate it,
  2. Copying: Children are asked to copy a model of the practice letter,
  3. independent writing: Children are asked to write a letter without demonstration or a model.