Classroom Environment

Our classroom environment reflects real, relevant teaching and learning. Our classroom curriculum incorporates all the language processes (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) in a meaningful context using a Balanced Literacy approach that values purposeful reading and writing.

Our classroom encourages children to see themselves as readers, writers, and problem solvers. We value the process as well as the product, and understand that all children are unique individuals. The teaching process is based on what we know about how children learn.

The Eagle II program is a district program designed to both accelerate and enrich mandated curriculum. Kindergarten has specific units that are presented by the classroom teacher. The units are taught in addition to the regular curriculum. The units are centered around a specific theme.

Our Literacy component is based on "Building Blocks," a developmentally appropriate, multilevel framework for kindergarten developed by Dorothy Hall and Elaine Williams. In addition I have had the good fortune of working with Judy Boyle, our district assigned "Balanced Literacy" consultant. Judy Boyle, who originally taught in Australia, has worked with teachers and children in our school for two years.

Our classroom strives to:

Immerse the students in oral and written language, offering ample opportunities for experience and practice.

Create a cooperative classroom where children are encouraged to interact in a positive way.

Create a print-rich environment.

Give children choice times during the day, where they have opportunities to be responsible for their own learning.

Provide multiple opportunities for children to work independently or with the teacher in large groups, small groups, and individually.

Allow opportunities for the teacher to observe and record children and their learning.

Give children experience with real mathematical and scientific processes.

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