Literacy Philosophy

Dear Parents,                                                                                               September 2017


Our goal in grade 2 is to foster a love of literature and desire to learn.  Literacy is an important life skill that requires time and explicit instruction to ensure proficiency.  In our literacy programming this year, we will be focusing on using a balanced literacy approach.  Using a balanced approach will foster reading and writing skills in students.  Here are the key components to making literacy all-encompassing:


Word Study To develop phonemic awareness, increased vocabulary and spelling proficiency.  The following activities support and develop these skills.

  • Introduction of the 43+ phonemic sounds used in the English language
  • The Word Wall—high frequency vocabulary is introduced using a variety of activities and then prominently displayed in the classroom
  • Spelling activities and word games related to the words on the wall
  • “Making Words” activities designed to develop an understanding of word patterns
  • Use of charts, rhymes, songs and sound play.


Shared Reading To provide an opportunity for children to participate with the teacher in reading big books, charts, poems, etc.  The following activities support and develop these skills:

  • Choral reading and chiming in
  • Large group instruction about reading strategies and print conventions
  • Use of charts, rhymes, songs and sound play.

Guided Reading To work with the teacher in a small group setting in order to develop a full range of reading strategies that will allow the student to become an independent reader.  The following activities support and develop these skills:

  • Direct reading instruction in a small group (providing strategies to use to further reading development)
  • Reading material that has been especially selected for the children in the group

Read Aloud To read to the class including pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading activities to ensure they understand and make connections with the story.  The following activities support and develop these skills:


  • The teacher reads to the children daily
  • The selection of books will cover a variety of genres- fiction, nonfiction, poetry, picture book, etc.
  • The following comprehension strategies will be incorporated into discussion as the book is being read: making predictions, emphasizing story elements, discussing vocabulary to enhance meaning and understanding, providing guiding questions to think deeper about the text.



Writers Workshop Writing To enable students to view writing as a real and purposeful means of communication.  The following activities support and develop these skills:

  • Teacher modeling of writing
  • Time for daily writing
  • Shared writing experiences
  • Vocabulary anchor charts
  • Teacher and/or peer conferencing.


Developing proficiency in literacy is most successful when there is home support.  Aside from practicing reading strategies and gaining fluency, home support provides an opportunity to connect with your child on a daily basis.  The following are some suggestions of ways to incorporate literacy into your daily routine:

  • Read to your child as often as you can.
  • Encourage your child to join in and “read”. Point to the words as you read.
  • Draw attention to print that is in the environment. (labels, signs, etc.)
  • Read and write birthday cards, text messages, grocery lists and letters together.
  • Encourage your child to find words that begin with the same letters as his/her name.
  • Ask questions before, during and after reading. (eg. “What do you think will happen next?”)   Occasionally ask some “why” questions about the story.
  • When reading aloud, if your child makes a mistake, allow time for self-correction. If the mistake makes sense, ignore it.
  • Ask your child what word would make sense when she/he becomes “stuck” on a word. Encourage your child to “have-a-go”, to use the pictures, to re-read, or to sound it out. More fluent readers can "read-on”, to get the overall meaning.
  • Above all, be positive and have fun!


Our hope is to provide a literacy rich environment that inspires the children to read more and be more confident in their abilities.  Thank you as always for your support!


Mrs. Frankemolle

Mr. Rennebohm

Ms. O’Neill

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