Literacy – Reading & Writing
We use a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading and writing. Teachers College serves as the primary curriculum for literacy instruction. Every BCCS student takes ownership of their own learning by setting goals and creating an action plan towards mastering reading and writing skills. Teachers provide personalized and precise instruction so that children are matched to their individual levels—this allows teachers to monitor every child. For example, a teacher might read a story to the whole class and have a class discussion where students learn active listening skills and share thoughts and reactions about the story, or a teacher might work with a small group of students while the rest of the class reads books of their choice.
Choice is also a major theme in the writing process; students write about what is important to them rather than a prompted topic. The teacher facilitates a lesson around a main idea in order to teach a writing strategy but students ultimately write about what is interesting to them and follow a structured process that includes brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing and finally celebrating, where parents are invited to come to school for reading and writing celebrations. Once a month, parents are invited to come to school for reading and writing celebrations. Student work is displayed throughout the building so that children and parents can walk around the school and take in all of the different writing pieces and art exhibits. Parents can also come and read with their children at that time.
Our library, which houses over XXX books in XX different languages, also plays a role in fostering students’ independent reading habits and love of books. In 2016-17 we are happy to have the funding for librarian thru Expanded Schools partnership. Classes are able to visit the library XXX times a week.
See the Literacy Curriculum XXX