Every teacher is excited about reading and promotes the value and fun
reading to all students.
All students are carefully evaluated, beginning in kindergarten, to see
what they know and what they need to learn in order to become good
Teachers find ways to share information and ideas with parents to help
them know more about supporting their children's developing reading
Reading instruction and practice in school lasts 90 minutes or more a
in first, second, and third grades and 60 minutes a day in
All students in first, second, and third grades who are behind in
get special instruction and practice. These students receive,
the day, a total of 60 extra minutes of instruction.
Before- or after-school help is given to all students beyond first
who need extra instruction or who need to review skills. Summer school
is available for students who are behind at the end of the year.
Reading instruction and practice includes work on letters, sounds, and
sounds. Students learn to blend letters and sounds to form new
Learning new words and the meaning of these new words is an important
part of children's
Students have daily spelling practice and weekly spelling tests.
The connection between reading and writing is taught on a daily
Students write daily. Papers are corrected and returned to the
By the end of second grade, students write final copies of corrected
Corrected papers are sent home for parents to see.
All students are read to each day from different kinds of books.
discuss what they read with teachers and other students.
All students have a chance to read silently and aloud in school each
Every classroom has a library of books that children want to read. This
includes easy books and books that are more difficult.
The school library is used often and has many books. Students may check
books out during the summer and over holidays.