English Language Arts

  • Our letter sequence:
    m, s, r, a, t, n, p, c, i, d, o, g, f, e, b, k, u, l, h, w, x, v, j, y, z, q
    What Is Reading?
    Very simply put, reading is being able to decode words to ultimately get meaning from printed words and text.  Although this definition of reading is a simple one, and very easy for adults to understand, it is quite complex and requires children to progress through multiple steps.  Before a student can read for meaning, they must master certain skills throughout the learning process.  All of those skills take time to develop for our young readers.      
    What Are Some of the Major Areas Involved In Reading Instruction?
    • Phonemic Awareness (being able to identify and manipulate the smallest units of sound)
    • Phonological Awareness (the awareness of sounds structure in spoken words)
    • Print Concept (punctuation, sentence structure, grammar, etc.)
    • Sight Word Recognition (words that we know by looking at them, rather than decoding them)
    • Word Building and Direct Instruction
    • Guided and Independent Reading Opportunities (done in small and large group settings)
Last Modified on August 15, 2018