Language Arts at Fay
Keep Young Minds in Motion
Round and round—from Earth itself to the wheels on the bus, rotation keeps an impressive amount of essential things moving. At Fay, it is also the framework for reinforcing concepts for our Primary and Lower Elementary literacy called rotations.
Rotations comprise small-group and independent time to practice reading and writing skills, shifting between purposeful literacy tasks as part of a routine. From reading aloud to classmates to engaging in daily writing practices, rotations give each student multiple opportunities to gain literacy skills in a host of different ways.
Language Arts Components
Our Lower and Upper Elementary Divisions (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) focus upon a strong Language Arts program. These are delivered through the following:
- Reading Readiness and Language Enrichment, a Neuhaus program: Instruction focuses on teaching reliable reading and spelling patterns, development of oral language, use of metacognitive strategies for comprehension, and opportunities to practice learned skills.
- Lucy Calkins Reading Workshop: An engaging approach to teaching reading where students participate in mini-lessons to learn skills and strategies, read independently at their “just right” reading level, and then confer individually with teachers. This approach helps teachers address personalized student goals through individual student conferences and small group work. This workshop model gives students the opportunity to talk about what they are reading and respond to the text. Choice, specific feedback, setting goals, and one-on-one assessment drive student learning in this workshop model.
- Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop: A comprehensive approach to teaching writing which holds that writing is a process, with distinct phases, and that all children, not just those with innate talent, can learn to write well.
- Vocabulary: A spelling and vocabulary program that explores the etymology of and stories behind words.