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Language Arts

A Careful Balance: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Development of language and literacy begins in our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms, as students are offered the foundation and readiness skills to help them develop as emerging readers, writers, and communicators.

From there, daily language arts instruction in the Lower School takes place in listening, speaking, reading, and writing — with the goal of developing literate young boys who are proficient in both oral and written communications.

Students learn to read through a balanced program merging phonics instruction with high-interest literature. Specific skill instruction includes vocabulary development, decoding strategies, comprehension, research, and study skills. Our goal is to foster a love of reading.

Whether through expository writing, research reports, creative stories, poetry, or journal writing, Lower School boys learn the joy and importance of skillfully communicating their ideas to others. Regular instruction in writing mechanics and editing skills supports this process.

Our weekly assemblies offer students opportunities to learn and practice the important skill of public speaking. By the completion of Lower School, students should have a strong foundation in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to carry them into the language-rich curriculum of the Middle School.