Students entering kindergarten will be exposed to an abundance of songs, rhymes, and age-appropriate texts to foster a love of and competence in reading.
Through explicit teaching and activity-based literacy centers, classroom teachers ensure that students learn foundational literacy skills such as basic features of print, understanding of rhyming, blending, and segmenting spoken sounds, and understanding letter names and sounds. Students are also taught how to blend sounds together to decode words as well as read common high-frequency words. With support from teachers, students will also read early books at their reading level in order to understand a story and/or gather information about a topic.
Our Phonics Program is the Open Court Foundational Skills Program, which gives students the foundation for reading in grade K with phonemic awareness, concepts of print, and the alphabetic principle.
Students participate in Writer's Workshop, where they are encouraged draw, speak, and write about the world around them.
Our handwriting program is Handwriting Without Tears, which is a developmentally appropriate, multisensory approach to teaching students the mechanics of handwriting.
Massachusetts has adopted the Common Core State Standards, which has
designated specific skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening,
and language at each grade level.
Click on the links on the left side of the page and you will be able to view these standards.