Language Arts

Kindergarteners at Moses Brown use the highly-regarded Fundations curriculum as they progress from phonemic awareness to sight words to reading fluency.  With daily assessments, we make sure that children are always at a ‘just right’ level of challenge.  As children achieve each new goal, their confidence in their abilities and resilience grows.

At the same time, we guide them through multi-sensory projects that make letters feel like second nature, moving children from imitation and copying into independent writing that builds their authorial voice.  Students write and draw in their journals every week, providing a delightful (and funny) chronicle of the year at school and at home.

Reading and writing combine as the children work on their ‘I can read it myself books,’ multimodal projects that have children assessing their own abilities and creating enjoyable storybooks with their own words and pictures for independent reading practice.  It’s one of the most rewarding parts of the year to see kids make these instructional materials for themselves, at once displaying pride of authorship and a confident assessment of their own growth.


Tools for early readers

Teacher develops book series to help early readers

Kindergarten teacher Melinda Van Lare has developed a series of books to aid early readers. She uses the books as part of fun, interactive reading exercises. Melinda recently presented her project at a conference held at Wheaton College.


Melinda Van Lare

Lower School Kindergarten

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Melinda Van Lare

New York University – B.A.
Rhode Island College – B.A.
Rhode Island College – M.Ed.

Samantha Bradshaw ’85

Lower School Literacy Coordinator

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Samantha Bradshaw ’85

University of Vermont – B.A.
University of Rhode Island – M.A.

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