One of the biggest gifts we can give our children is a love of reading. Toward that end, we employ the Reading Workshop method developed by the Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

LangArts2At Beach we make sure that students have lots of opportunities to read. The library is an essential resource. So is our wonderful, credentialed librarian, Robin Ludmer. We like to let the children explore the library at their own levels and help them develop skills with phonics and word study. And we encourage them to read a wide range of genres to keep them excited and interested in finding that Just Right new book. Don’t box your child into one kind of literature too early! Your Harry Potter lover might just find that there’s nothing better than a little Geronimo Stilton!

We also have a fantastic, beloved and skilled reading resource specialist, Stephanie Valdez-Kaminsky, who works one on one with students needing an extra boost in their reading, spelling and writing skills. She helps children feel confident in their ability to read, which helps encourage and foster a lifelong love of reading.