One of the greatest gifts children can give themselves is a love of reading. Starting in the early years, we introduce students to a variety of authors and genres to help them understand what makes a “just right” book for them. As they explore their identities as readers, they begin to understand that reading extends their world, both real and imagined.
To be a strong reader, students must be able to decode words, read fluently, and comprehend narrative and information texts. Explicit reading instruction occurs daily, and students have opportunities to reflect on strategies modeled through teacher read alouds, to practice skills in guided reading groups, and to think deeply about their independent reading books. Starting in grade 1, students keep a reading notebook where they write about their reading, communicating their ideas with their teachers each week.
As much as possible, reading and writing instruction is linked to support understanding, and the same genre is taught within each subject. For example, when learning about the rainforest, grade 1 students participate in research clubs as they read and write informational books.