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Balanced Literacy

To ensure that each child learns to read, write and spell successfully, our teachers employ the research-based, instructional strategies of Reading Workshop, Writing Workshop and Word Study. Teachers incorporate these strategies in developmentally appropriate ways to ensure that each student makes progress toward the benchmarks for their grade level.

Reading Workshop

Word Study

Writing Workshop

Workshop teaching was pioneered by Lucy Calkins of Columbia University and has been used in classrooms around the world for more than twenty years. As this is a literature-based teaching model, you won’t see reading textbooks in any of our classrooms.

Each spring, the elementary school presents Book Week, a highly anticipated event that hosts authors and educational performers who provide exciting interactive literacy activities for each grade level.