Language Arts

The nursery classroom is a print-rich environment, with signs and labels that help students associate sounds, symbols, and pictures with both concepts and concrete objects.

Children develop confidence in their own authorship, while practicing form and syntax, by narrating and dictating stories.  Beginning with letter recognition, we introduce them to word construction by first learning to recognize, and then write, their own names.

Because fine motor and visual recognition skills develop so differently in every child, we teach kids to convey meaning on the page in whatever symbols they are ready to produce, whether scribbles, pictograms, or letters.  Each approach develops both motor and cognitive skills, and a sense of confidence that children can use a piece of paper to convey exactly what they mean.



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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