English Language Arts (K-3) - Spalding
Aligned to Arizona State Standards and therefore appropriate for Kaleidoscope, Spalding instruction is explicit, interactive, diagnostic, and multi-sensory. Teachers model, coach, and provide support as needed; students articulate, reflect, and explore new concepts. Careful daily observation of student progress enables teachers to differentiate instruction to meet student needs. Students see, hear, say, and write using all channels to the brain to enhance retention. All elements of the language are integrated in spelling, writing, and reading lessons. The kindergarten through to third-grade curricula is structured, sequential, and cumulative.
Phonemic awareness, systemic phonics, high-frequency vocabulary are taught in spelling. In the writing lesson, the same high-frequency words are used to teach word meanings, usage, word parts, grammar, and composition. In the reading lesson, students learn the attributes of fine literature, the structure of narrative and expository text, fluency, listening and reading comprehension. They learn to monitor their comprehension while reading, to make connections with prior knowledge and the text, to predict word meanings, type of writing, outcomes and so forth. They learn to reorganize (reformat) the information in text and use it to mentally summarize to enhance comprehension.
English Language Arts 4-8:
From 4th to 8th grade, Kaleidoscope will be using Excellence in Writing for the Writing program, Easy Grammar for Grammar, Wordly Wise for Spelling, and Core Knowledge for the Reading suggestions. To supplement the curriculum, teachers are encouraged to incorporate additional instructional materials. Novel studies are an excellent way to integrate different core subjects. Teachers will encourage outside reading through the use of book reports.
Excellence in Writing is a structured, sequential methodology, which builds on the principles of learning by imitation. Listening, speaking, reading, writing, and cognitive thinking are integrated into each lesson. Easy Grammar uses the prepositional approach combined with effective strategies. This helps students to understand grammar, a tool for speaking and writing properly. Wordly Wise builds vocabulary for students to prepare them for content learning. This is done through exploration of the word, where it came from (Latin and Greek based), its multiple meanings and uses. Starting in 4th grade, students will use the recommended reading material from Core Knowledge for their reading program. This program incorporates fiction and non-fiction, classical and modern stories, short stories and novels.