Language Arts

The main focus of Pre-primary is showing children that they can do anything, building their confidence, capability, and enjoyment in learning.

Pre-primary features an integrated curriculum in which students are learning and practicing multiple disciplines in blended units.  For example, when talking about trees, they measure, count, learn new vocabulary, and do fine motor work.

However, there are also times dedicated specifically to literacy.  Twice a week, children enjoy personalized ‘work trays’ that support and challenge each child’s particular abilities in letter recognition, fine motor control, and mathematics.

As children learn letters, they develop alphabetic awareness and the understanding that letters have a purpose with a phonics-based approach using kinetic, auditory, and visual cues.

Every month throughout the school year, children celebrate the work of specific authors (and illustrators).  With a diverse selection of classics and contemporary writers, they look at how some characters appear in multiple books, how authors address recurring themes and adventures, and how they use rhyme and rhythm to create special effects.



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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