We use Houghton Mifflin
Reading series in Grades 1-6. Grades
7-8 use Prentice Hall Literature.
Reading instruction progresses over time as students move from “learning
to read” to “reading to learn.”
Literature selections include a wide variety of genres, including poetry,
drama, short stories, folk tales, novels, and nonfiction (biographies, essays,
etc.). Additionally, a Title I Grant
pays for a reading teacher to work with struggling readers and support them in
English grammar is taught using Voyages
in English and Exercises in English by Loyola Press. Not only do students learn about parts of
speech and sentence structure; they also apply what they learn to their own
writing in order to create well-structured sentences, paragraphs, and essays.
For spelling, our students use Spelling
Workout by Modern Curriculum Press.
Spelling instruction is especially helpful to our English language
learners, and all students benefit from the study of vowel patterns, digraphs,
diphthongs, plurals, prefixes and suffixes, contractions, possessives, compound
words, and homonyms.
Our middle school students
strengthen their vocabularies with Vocabulary Workshop by
Grades K2-5 practice their
handwriting using Zaner-Bloser Handwriting. Books progress from introduction to, mastery
of, and maintenance of first manuscript and then cursive.