Small Reading Groups

High instructor/child ratios.

Our literacy-intensive environment features a high adult-to-child ratio, is caring and supportive, and accommodates diverse learning styles and needs. Our programs use essential and interdependent instructional elements to build key literacy skills and concepts in support of Reading Team children.

Instructional groups are intentionally small so that our Literacy Mentors can attend to each child’s aspirations, learning style, and pace of development. Reading Team Literacy Mentors are experienced teachers and graduate students in education whom we hire and train to engage the children in a wide range of literacy-nurturing activities. As role models of commitment and achievement, they inspire students to go beyond their perceived limits and to internalize the connections between good work habits and success.

Instruction is rigorous. Focusing on storybook reading and letter and word games for our youngest children, it features activities for our pre-kindergartners through first graders that enable them to develop and strengthen oral language, listening skills, reading readiness, background knowledge, comprehension, alphabet awareness, understanding of the purposes and organization of print, phonological and phonemic awareness, written language development, and general attitudes toward literacy. Our program for Grades 2-5 is built on a staircase of literacy complexity in reading, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing, punctuation, and oral expression.

Advanced skills include reading informational texts, creative and expository writing, critical analysis, abstract thinking, research, argumentation, note taking, outlining, editing, and learning independence. Instruction integrates materials and use primary sources from social studies, history, and science to help children deepen their understanding of concepts and expand learning processes.

At all levels, students are challenged to listen carefully, analyze ideas and issues from a variety of perspectives, and solve problems using multiple approaches, particularly the application of textural evidence.


High instructor/child ratios.