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Our workshop approach, content areas and innovation class 


The Balanced Literacy Approach

Our Language Arts curriculum is grounded in the balanced literacy approach, which  teaches children to read and write using a variety of different learning and grouping opportunities. Students read and write in large amounts on a daily basis, with varying levels of support. Tasks are modeled by the teacher, supported by the teacher or completed independently with the teacher as a guide. In addition to the Reading and Writing Workshops below, students receive daily instruction in Word Study (phonics/spelling), interactive read-alouds and shared reading and writing.

Reading Workshop

Our Reading Workshop approach teaches key reading behaviors and deep comprehension strategies using a predictable structure with direct reading instruction and time for student practice. Every day, the Workshop consists of:

In addition to one-on-one conferences during Reading Workshop, students meet in small groups with teachers to work on specific strategies to become better readers. The Workshop provides students with the instruction they need to improve how they decode or read words, building their comprehension of stories and their love of reading!

Writing Workshop

Our Writing Workshop is a rigorous curriculum that gives students the chance to develop strong writing skills, which will arm them with unbelievable power as readers, thinkers and makers of meaning. Every day, our students attend the Writing Workshop, where they learn new writing strategies and practice ones that have already been introduced. The daily Workshop consists of:

By creating an inviting environment with an abundance of supplies and giving students the freedom to write about what matters to them, we hope they will love to write.

Math Workshop

Our Math Workshop encourages students to be mathematicians who investigate the big ideas of mathematics from Day 1. Curiosity and engagement are hallmarks of our teaching. Throughout our daily Math Workshops, students:

Our students pursue mathematics with positive attitudes because they believe everyone can and must do mathematics.

Content Area Studies

Our Content Area Studies (primarily science and social studies) use inquiry-based learning to give students the opportunity to immerse, investigate and unite through collaboration. To accomplish this work, students use a variety of skills like:

Innovation Class

Our Innovation Class is room to play, have fun and learn by making things. During three  45-minutes classes each week, students make, create and invent with all sorts of materials—blocks of all kinds, Legos, Magna-Tiles, cardboard, sticks, straws, etc. Every week, students work on a designated project or challenge like building:

Students share, photograph, write about, draw and discuss what they make. They learn how to find and develop ideas, problem solve, collaborate, share and show off what they've made. Students learn by making.


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