RNS offers a wonderful program for children missing the October 1st cut off date, or waiting an additional year.
Our curriculum combines a comprehensive literacy program called The Superkids, and thematic units that integrate science, social studies, mathematics and art, through endless hands experiments and group activities
We begin by teaching our children the foundational skills they need to become successful readers and writers. Through explicit and systematic phonics instruction, children learn the letters of the alphabet, their sounds, and how to blend the letter-sounds to decode words. They also practice writing the uppercase and lowercase forms of each letter and begin to spell words with the letters and sounds they have been taught.
Fiction and informational texts are also provided for teacher read-alouds. Once the children have learned enough letter-sounds, they begin reading short decodable stories themselves. Lessons for each text build background and vocabulary before reading and help guide children’s comprehension during reading.
The children will learn to communicate their ideas through drawing and by writing letters, words, and eventually sentences. They learn basic mechanics and how to write narratives, opinions, informative/explanatory texts, and more.
What our students learn during their literacy block:
- All 26 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each
- Writing all uppercase and lowercase letters
- Blending letter-sounds to decode (read) words
- Segmenting letter-sound to encode (spell) words
- Reading 66 high-frequency Dolch words
- Parts of speech, synonyms, antonyms, categorizing words
- Comprehension and fluency skills for literary and informational texts
- Writing mechanics, writing process, and types of writing
(narrative, opinion, informative/explanatory)
Topics such as Our Human Body, The African Savanna and Climate Changes in our Environment, are some examples of themes utilized to teach Science, Social Studies and Mathematics.
Our teacher, Ms Elisa Marsico, is NJ State Certified in Elementary Education, and holds a Bachelors in English Literature. With over ten years experience teaching young children, Ms Elisa understands how important it is to address each child’s individual capabilities and learning styles, while building an environment that is both fun and academically rich.