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Early Childhood – Language Arts

Through storytelling, conversation, and many other exercises, the child’s vocabulary grows. Daily read-aloud sessions build critical thinking skills as children ask and respond to questions, and actively engage in group discussion.

Eventually, these preparatory activities culminate in a child beginning to write and read.

In the Early Childhood program, our phonetic approach to reading begins with sandpaper letters. Children learn to:

  • Associate the sound with the shape of the letter
  • Trace the letter, developing the motion, dexterity, and muscle memory needed for writing
  • Write in cursive, which follows the natural movement of a young child’s hand

Children continue to explore their fascination for words by using the Movable Alphabet (wooden letters in a box) to construct words, phrases, sentences and stories.

Language Arts in Kindergarten

After developing a strong foundation in phonics and phonological awareness, kindergartners extend and deepen their language skills through an adaptation of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshops that help them build decoding and comprehension strategies in small group lessons, individual, and partner practice. They learn to write with increasing stamina and volume in writing workshop lessons.