The reading and language arts curriculum at Visitation is multi-faceted. Reading groups are an integral part of our reading program. These groups are fluid and kids are assessed at least once a quarter to ensure individual needs are being met. Our reading and intervention specialists help further individualize student needs by working with small groups in the classroom as well. Each group reads a book, works on a target skill, enrichment, or the re-teaching of a skill. When a small group is not working with a teacher, they are working in the classroom in learning centers to build on skills taught in class.
Reading and language arts are also taught using a variety of other tools. The first grade uses a basal reading program during the week as well as a phonics program to help extend our weekly spelling units. During the school year, students are introduced to various skills such as nouns, verbs and adjectives. We strive to create critical thinkers by introducing reading skills such as inferring, predicting, text connections, plot, etc. Our goal during the first grade year is to have our students leave as skilled readers ready for second grade.