Reading & Writing Skills
There are 26 letters of the alphabet, 44 different sounds, and approximately 150 different spellings for these sounds. In Kindergarten, students start by learning these sounds, then blending these sounds to make words. By January, they are reading connected phrases and simple sentences, and by the end of the year, vibrant characters come alive as they breeze through the adventures of chapter books like “Zack and Ann.” In 1st grade, students tell their own story. They are the character in their own personal narrative, writing about a special holiday or birthday, a favorite gift they ever received, or a significant personal achievement. Students use an editing checklist to peer-review each other’s work, commenting and providing feedback, before publishing their official final piece of writing.