Here at Black Creek School we are eager for your child to be a reader. We are invested in developing and strengthening your child’s reading skills.
Your child will learn to read through a process called balanced literacy. Balanced literacy takes the best reading practices and incorporates them into one reading program to help all students read. Guided reading, phonics, phonemic awareness, and whole language are all part of a balanced literacy program.
All literacy skills are covered both as a whole class and in guided reading groups or centers. Repeated instruction helps students learn and practice new concepts. The benefit of centers is that students can work on specific skills needed for their literacy development.
What’s new about the K-2 Reading Program?
This year at Black Creek School students in kindergarten, first and second grade will be involved in an innovative reading approach. Instructional groups will be created from the total kindergarten, first, and second grade population.
How will my child’s grouping be determined?
Your child will be assessed using several different evaluation measures on the skills they know. They will be placed with students who are at a similar instructional level. Instructional groupings may include children at various grade levels.
Who will my child’s reading teacher be?
Your child’s teacher will be determined by the instructional group they are placed in. The Primary Reading Team consists of our K-2 staff. Their reading teachers may change throughout the year.
How will I know how my child is doing?
Quarterly progress reports
Checklist of skills mastered
Reading level indicated
Individual contacts (e.g. phone call, e-mail, note, etc.)
Center and home activities
Who do I contact if I have a reading question?
You may contact your child’s homeroom teacher or your child’s reading teacher. Every attempt will be made to respond to your question within 24 hours.