LES Language Arts
The teaching of language in the elementary school is based upon leading, best literacy learning and teaching practices.
The goal of our literacy program is to foster an appreciation of
the written and spoken word, and to develop the enduring understanding
that reading and writing experiences derive pleasure and that they are
essential life long skills.
There are several components in an effective reading workshop model.
Read Alouds - A large chunk of the time allocated to
literacy is spent on reading in the elementary classroom. Students are
read to on a daily basis, and are involved in whole class and small
group Shared Reading, as well as Interactive Read Alouds. Shared
Readings are more commonly utilized in the lower elementary grades,
where a strong emphasis is placed on developing essential decoding
strategies, fluency, re-reading, self-correcting, and making meaning of
the text. Interactive Read Alouds are gradually being introduced to our
literacy program. During this activity the students act as the audience
and are engaged in listening to the teacher read a text aloud, and
verbalize his / her thinking throughout the text. The focus is
primarily on meaning and students are invited to take part in partner
discussions at certain intervals during the read aloud.
Mini Lessons - These lessons target specific literary skills or strategies or attitudes towards reading.
Reading Conferences - these conferences provide teachers
with the opportunity to work one-on-one with students and differentiate
instruction to target specific areas.
Guided Reading - reading experiences at the student?s instructional level
Literature Circles - Students work in small groups to read
and discuss the text and make meaning of it. This learning activity is
more common in the upper elementary grades
Independent Reading - Daily independent student reading is
built into the course of the school day. Our elementary classrooms
house a large collection of both fiction and non-fiction literature,
which encompasses a large selection of topics and ability levels.
Furthermore, students have daily access to the elementary library,
which offers a superb collection of titles that are sure to cater to
our students? varied interests.
Listening Centers - Every lower elementary classroom is
equipped with a listening center, which is supported by a bank of audio
Shared / Modeled Writing - Teachers are involved in
regularly modeling best writing practices, strategies and behaviors in
their classrooms. Students view their teachers engaged in writing and
Mini-Lesson - These lessons target specific literary skills or strategies or attitudes towards writing.
Independent Writing - Students experiencing writing about
topics of their choice and experiencing different forms of written
expression. They are encouraged to incorporate skills and strategies
being developed in mini lessons into their own writing.
Writing Conference - These conferences are held periodically
and allow teacher s the opportunity to engage students in self-
reflecting on the content and conventions of their writing and focus
their attention to areas that could benefit from improvement.
Guided Writing - This is generally conducted in small groups
or on an individual basis. During these sessions. Students receive
specific writing instruction in skills and strategies that students
need further assistance with.
Writing Celebrations - Writing accomplishments are
celebrated daily and all efforts and attempts are acknowledged and
encouraged throughout the year, and on a larger scale at the end of the
year, when parents are invited to share and celebrate their child?s
This program stems beyond the tradition approach to learning
spelling words and extends to an in-depth study of phonetic spelling
patterns and word meaning. Through word study sessions students are
engaged in closely examining sounds, letter and word parts and learning
about the meaning and appropriate use of words / vocabulary.
Book Room & Leveled Literature
At the present time, there is a lower elementary reading room which
contains leveled literature book sets, both fiction and non-fiction, as
well as big books, and audio books. The elementary school is presently
building up its upper elementary leveled book resources and plans are
underway for the development of an upper elementary book room once
construction of the existing campus is complete.
Student Differentiation in Literacy
With the shared understanding that learning is developmental and
that students differ as learners in both their abilities and needs, our
focus is to differentiate our instruction and make learning experiences
as meaningful as possible.