Through this component, children expand their ability to communicate orally and through reading and writing, and to enjoy these activities. Teachers provide generous amounts of time and variety of interesting activities for children to develop language, writing, spelling and reading ability such as: looking through, reading, or being read high quality children’s literature and nonfiction for pleasure and information; drawing, dictating, and writing about their activities or fantasies; planning and implementing projects that involve research at developmentally and culturally appropriate levels; creating teacher-made or child-written lists of steps to follow to accomplish a project; discussing what was read; preparing a weekly class newspaper, interviewing various people to obtain project information; making books of various kinds(riddle books, what if books, books about pets, etc.). Teachers accept children’s (developmental) spelling with minimal reliance on teacher-prescribed spelling lists. Teachers also teach literacy as the need and opportunity arise when working on projects in art, drama, dance, science, social studies, and other content areas.
Children have an option to learn either French or Spanish