The Language Arts program is an essential ingredient in the educational process at St. Paul. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, and spelling components are integrated into appropriate levels from Pre-Kindergarten 3 through 8th grade.
The Language Arts program is an essential ingredient in the educational process at St. Paul. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and spelling components are integrated into appropriate levels from Pre-School 3 through eighth grade.
Language Arts instruction is multifaceted. Traditional teaching methods are intertwined with group projects and creative expression. Various computer applications also enhance study. The Accelerated Reader program builds comprehension and increases a student’s reading level in grades 1-8.
English is a grammar-based program which integrates well with our vocabulary program. Rules of grammar & usage are taught and practiced. These act as tools enabling the students to incorporate what they learn and apply it to their own writing. Writing is taught and practiced during English class and is integrated within all the core subjects.
First and second grades implement the Saxon Phonics Program. Saxon Phonics and Spelling combines systematic, explicit instruction with daily practice opportunities and ongoing assessment to ensure prior knowledge sticks and new knowledge accumulates. It is a tool to help first and second grade students become proficient in reading and spelling.
Reading is the anchor of the language arts program at St. Paul. Students learn to decode words, develop fluency, increase vocabulary, and build comprehension. Teachers work to meet each child at their individual reading level. In the lower grades, this is accomplished by using the guided-reading instructional approach. Guided reading is a small group model which allows the teacher to meet the specific needs of each child. A reading specialist may provide additional assistance to students in first through third grades who may require additional support with reading. In addition, many programs are implemented to further enhance and develop reading skills. Daily read alouds, the S.T.A.R. Reader Program, reading buddies, literature circles, reading clubs, and the Accelerated Reader Program are a few examples of the ways in which a love for reading is fostered.
Students learn to express themselves orally and in written form. Spelling bees, debates, Poetry Reading Day, readers’ theater, plays, and speeches are held. Writing across the curriculum takes place in the form of science, social studies, and religion essays. Keeping journals, writing poems, skits, and stories develop creative expression. Some of our students have had work published and/or entered into various contests.
Off campus field trips to local plays heighten the students’ awareness of language arts in the community. Various speakers and visiting authors have been brought on campus to round out our program.
As our students work toward mastering the skills involved in language arts, the primary goal is for the Christian student to shape all written and verbal communication to the service and glory of God.