The Saranac Lake Central School Board hears new results from the Elementary Literacy Programs run by Diana LeBlanc. They take great pride in providing the staff and students with best practices in education. Early literacy skills focus on the five big ideas in reading: including Phonemic Awareness, Phonic Instruction, Vocabulary, Fluency and Comprehension.
Language Arts instruction in grades kindergarten through third grade consist of a 90 minute uninterrupted block. Students engage in whole group, learning stations, and differentiated small group guided reading instruction. The primary language arts program includes StoryTown* and model programs from Fountas and Pinnell. Third grade students learn writing through a process approach called Writing Workshop.
Language Arts instruction in grades four and five consist of a 90 minute uninterrupted block as well. During this time students gather for explicit whole group instruction in reading and in writing, and then break for individualized or small group reading and writing instruction. The language arts program at the elementary level consists of Guided Reading, Literature Circles and Reading Workshop. Writing Workshop is taught in all third through fifth grade classrooms.
Teachers at all grade levels use formative and summative assessments, the Common Core State Standards and the focus skills from StoryTown to guide their instruction.