Literacy is the core curriculum at Village Elementary School and students receive a balanced literacy program through a reading and writing workshop approach. Students’ writing development follows Lucy Calkins Units of Primary Study.
Our goal is to guide the literacy development of all students at Village and to build the partnership between school and home that ensures each student’s success.
Early intervention is essential to ensure the literacy development of our students. Students in kindergarten through grades two are assessed and instructed by their classroom teachers using the Benchmark Assessment System, components of the Observation Survey as well as a computerized assessment that measures literacy and math skills.
In addition, literacy teachers at Village Elementary School support classroom reading and writing instruction by providing additional instruction for identified students in grades K-2. Our literacy interventionists are trained in Reading Recovery and participate in continuous professional development. Village Elementary School houses the Southern Maine Reading Recovery Center and employees a Reading Recovery Trainer who supports our literacy staff and special education staff. In the fall of 2014, both Elementary Schools will share the benefits of a literacy coach to support the classroom teachers.
Parents whose students receive literacy intervention are asked to be active participants in forums that promote their child’s
literacy development. All children are encouraged to read on a daily basis at home.
For additional literacy information, please link to:
Reading Recovery - (http://www.readingrecovery.org/)
Calkins Units of Primary Study - (http://www.unitsofstudy.com/default.asp)
Fountas and Pinnell - (http://www.fountasandpinnellleveledbooks)
Comprehensive Intervention Model - (http://umaine.edu/cre/currentprojects/support/cim/)