Literacy and Communication Arts
At LPA, students experience a balanced-literacy approach to reading and writing. Each child is assessed through Fountas & Pinnel and iReady to determine areas of strength and growth. With students’ areas of strength and need for growth in mind, teachers create small group learning opportunities—including guided reading, reader’s workshop and writer’s workshop. Students work together to solve problems and build comprehension skills. Phonemic awareness and phonics instruction form the building blocks for our great readers. Programs such as Benchmark Phonics, Making Meaning and Handwriting without Tears support student learning.
The highly rigorous think!Mathematics program based on the Singapore math approach is the core of LPA’s elementary mathematics curriculum in grades 1-5. Math concepts and skills are developed through three stages of learning: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. By building each skill within this framework, students explore mathematical concepts tangibly (concrete) and build out to the abstract (traditional algorithms). Each lesson begins with a math task to encourage dialogue among students and supports a “low floor/high ceiling” approach to differentiation. think!Mathematics supports fact fluency development alongside conceptual understanding and utilizes journal prompts as a tool for math communication. After completing the Developing Roots program in Kindergarten, students will have a strong number sense and the skills needed to begin to understand complex tasks such as multiplication and division. By the end of our elementary program, students will be able to work with advanced whole number concepts, compute degrees of angles and complex area and perimeter problems, and work with fractions and decimals. Each child is assessed through iReady diagnostics to determine their areas of strength and growth.