A command of the mother tongue is an important aspect of a student’s academic training and development. From a child’s early speech development to complex analytical skills later, language forms the basis for learning. The ability to read, think, and write hinges on a student’s grasp of words and proficiency with language.
Taking a multi-faceted approach to language arts training equips the student with a comprehensive understanding of language. We recommend on the following three areas to form a strong foundation.
Spelling & Vocabulary – Beginning early on, spelling is taught as part of a reading/phonics program. As the student learns to read more words, his or her vocabulary grows, providing a rich palette of words and phrases to draw from when writing.
Reading – Literacy involves more than merely learning the phonetic rules to sound out words. It means comprehending the meaning of the words and the messages being conveyed. Through active reading, the student’s mind encounters the written worlds and ideas of others. Choosing an array of fiction and non-fiction literature that is age appropriate engages the imagination, develops critical thinking, and expands horizons.
Writing – While writing is a facet of language arts, it is also the culminating activity of the spelling/vocabulary and reading components. Here, the student is finally equipped to express his or her original thoughts in written form. Critical thinking is sharpened as the student articulates his or her ideas on paper and analyzes the work of others in literature. Teaching grammar in the context of good writing connects the mechanical elements to the ultimate goal of communication: sharing a message with others. Students learn that applying proper grammar is simply a tool to increase clarity, efficacy, and readability of the intended message.