Language Arts in Beginners

The Beginners program strives to create a literacy-rich environment, which fosters curiosity and a love of reading and writing. This is done through constant exposure to books and environmental print and opportunities for informal and teacher directed writing. Language activities are designed to lay the groundwork for developing skills in listening, following directions, reading readiness, communicating with others, and creative thinking.

A set of B-VIII Grade standards provides the framework for our work in language arts. Below are listed some of the skills we expect Beginners to develop in Language Arts over the course of the year.
  • Maintains focus and listens to others
  • Contributes during meetings and discussions  
  • Follows multi-step oral directions
  • Develops a love of literature
  • Recognizes and names all uppercase letters
  • Demonstrates letter-sound correspondence for most letters 
  • Writes name and recognizes most classmates' names
  • Identifies and generates rhyming words and alliteration
  • Claps or counts syllables in words of up to three syllables
  • Engages in different kinds of writing, such as labels, letters, and stories
  • Develops an understanding of character, setting, and plot
  • Self-identifies as a story-teller and author
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