This subject area includes oral communication, listening comprehension, reading, spelling, handwriting, vocabulary development, and all elements of written expression including grammar, usage, and mechanics.
The Language Arts program is geared toward the individual needs of students through small group instruction and one-to-one instruction. Instruction incorporates multi-sensory techniques, and strategies are taught to accommodate varying individual learning styles. Speech and Language Pathologists work with both teachers and students in order to address the oral communication and listening comprehension needs of students. Teachers incorporate technology in their daily lessons. Language Arts is woven into instruction throughout the school day.
The early stages of reading and spelling begin with phonological awareness followed by systematic sequential instruction of decoding and encoding skills. Once a solid foundation of decoding skills is established, emphasis is placed on reading fluency and comprehension skills. Development of reading in the content areas and in the elements of literature is strengthened as students progress. Reading Support teachers provide additional instruction for those students who are recommended.