The Language Arts curriculum empowers all students to meet new, challenging standards of education and to "provide them with lifelong education...that equips them to be lifelong learners." (Fullan, 2006) The curriculum is based on the National Council of Teachers of English and the International Reading Association's National Standards.
The various language arts goals include: reading/literature, phonics (grades 1-3), spelling/vocabulary, written language (includes explicit instruction in grammar/usage/mechanics), oral language (includes explicit instruction in listening skills), and handwriting.
Classrooms incorporate a learning environment that values critical thinking, oral, written, and visual communication, and encourage the active participation of the students in the learning process. Instruction engages students in the learning process rather than allowing them to be the passive recipients of information.
The following outlines the essential topics and skills that students accomplish from the Language Arts curriculum.