Reading Strategies classes focus on teaching students to become effective and efficient readers of fiction and non-fiction and to apply reading skills in all their content areas. These reading courses teach reading as a process. Reading classes strive to increase all students’ reading comprehension by modeling reading strategies using both direct instruction and guided practice. The goal is to strengthen your child’s skills in all areas of text interaction. The reading process taught includes strategies to apply before reading, while reading, and what to do after reading to monitor and ensure comprehension. In addition to the reading process, specific skills are continuously incorporated into instruction.
A strong command of word structure is required in order to make meaning out of text. This course focuses on word attack through multi-sensory phonetic skill lessons and understanding the meanings of prefixes, suffixes, and root word (morphology). Small groups of students working together ensure that students will have many opportunities to work with words to gain mastery. The goal is to improve students’ abilities to decode (read) and encode (spell) unknown words as well as increase their knowledge of word meanings. The skills taught will improve reading fluency and vocabulary.
English as a Second Language
ESL is a skills-based course that provides English Language Learners with explicit instruction in the skills they need to become proficient in reading, writing, listening, and speaking the English language. A variety of materials are used to sharpen these skills including short stories, novels, interactive websites, writing prompts, class discussions, and oral presentations. Students build their English vocabulary and understanding by exposure to comprehensible English texts that are appropriate to their English proficiency level.