Service Overview

Literacy has been described as the power over letters in both reading and in writing. Teachers at Sherman School are committed to providing the very best literacy instruction to our students. This page contains information about instruction and suggestions for ways that parents can partner with teachers to support this important work.

Reading

“The more that you read, the more things you know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss ~

The goal of reading instruction at the Sherman School is for every child to become an engaged, successful reader.  In order to achieve this goal, students participate in reading workshop every day. The workshop model includes targeted instruction in reading comprehension, word study  and phonics, as well as vocabulary. It also provides time for teachers to work with students individually and in small groups. In addition, students have opportunities to independently read books of their choice.

Reading every day with children is the best way parents can promote a love of reading. Many studies have found a direct link between the amount of reading  done at home and a child's vocabulary and reading achievement. Regular trips to the library is another step parents can take to encourage a passion for reading.


Writing
Donald Graves, a pioneer of Writing Workshop, saw children’s urge to write “as springing from a basic need to name our world, to communicate, to participate in social activity.” Very young children will scribble across a page and then beg you to “Listen to my story!” Usually, they do indeed have a story to tell!

Studies have shown that students learn as much, if not more, from talking and writing as they do from reading and listening. Beginning in Kindergarten, students at Sherman School participate in Writing Workshop every day. They receive instruction on writing skills and strategies, then have time to put those skills to use by writing narrative stories, poetry, opinion pieces, and informational essays.

Parents can promote writing by writing in front of or with their children. Grocery lists, birthday cards, even emails provide authentic opportunities for writing at home. Another opportunity is to have children share memories to include in holiday letters and cards.
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