The Success for All elementary model includes comprehensive programs for kindergarten and preschool children that promote, develop, and enhance language and literacy skills, and mathematical, scientific, listening, and social skills, creative expression, and positive self-esteem. Each program provides young children with an experiential and child-centered curriculum that gives them the necessary foundation for success in elementary school. A balance between child-initiated activities and teacher-directed instruction helps to ensure the development of all areas of growth and development, particularly language and literacy.
Literacy Development in the Early Childhood Years
emphasize language-related activities and the discussion of thematic concepts to promote the children’s phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, and oral-language development. These activities include interactive story reading and storytelling, action songs and rhymes, and verbal guessing games. Children choose among Learning Labs or Centers and engage in reflection activities to promote their problem-solving abilities. At the kindergarten level, literacy skills include the development of phonics skills and, during the second half of the school year, an introduction to reading through KinderRoots.
At all levels, children are given multiple opportunities to interact with stories and print, both in teacher-directed lessons and with their peers. Literacy instruction leads to the development of the following student outcomes: