Helping each child develop a love for reading and writing is one of the primary goals at Beach Elementary. Whether your child is already an avid reader or reluctant to pick up a book, we have wonderful resources to enhance his or her grasp of the language arts.

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Our curriculum is derived from The Columbia University Teacher’s College Reading & Writing Project. The Reading & Writing Project allows us to tailor our work to meet each student’s particular needs.

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From the Teacher’s College website:

“The mission of the Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. We accomplish this goal through research, curriculum development, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, principals and superintendents. The organization has developed state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching of reading and writing, for using performance assessments and learning progressions to accelerate progress, and for literacy-rich content-area instruction.”

Writing Workshop

Beach Elementary has been using the writing workshop model for more than a decade. Each workshop is designed to provide personalized instruction, including mini-lessons on one aspect of the writing craft as well as guided exercises.

From kindergarten onward, children are encouraged to express themselves with paper and pencil. Each day, we’re amazed by the complexity, beauty and progress we see in our students.

Reading Workshop

In the 2012-13 school year, we began implementing the reading workshop model based on The Reading & Writing Project. Toward that end, we believe that guided reading is essential. We guide students in their reading with a re-engineered lesson focusing on the writing mini-lesson. Integrating the reading and writing curriculum in this way helps to reinforce what they’ve learned in both disciplines.

In the first grade and the fall semester of second grade, we adopt the early reader/late reader schedule, which enables our teachers, aides and volunteers to provide each student with more one-on-one reading time.

Students are trained to select their own books at the appropriate level. Some kids call them “just right for me” books. Grades 1 and 2 are given a bit more guidance on what kinds of books to choose. Parents are encouraged to speak with teachers about their child’s reading levels.

Assessments

Students’ capabilities in reading and writing are assessed three times a year. Additionally, in grades k-5, they are given an annual developmental spelling inventory to track their progress.

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