A word about reading at Heritage Leadership Academy.   Mastering reading comprehension for any student is the foundation to all future academic success and is one of the most valuable and lasting skills a student will develop. Within literature and reading students will build comprehension skills that develop their abilities to make predictions, improve their understanding of content, sequence, or character and connect whatever they are reading with their own experience and knowledge. 

 

Handwriting Without Tears has become the gold standard in writing instruction for elementary school because of the simplicity of its font and the logical structure of its lessons.  Developing fluent handwriting is critical in early elementary schools as it frees the student’s mental attention and energy to focus on word choice and content when composing sentences and paragraphs.   The first grade workbook emphasizes the correct use of lowercase letters in words and sentences. Activity pages combine handwriting instruction with other language arts lessons. Practice pages also teach writing on different styles of lines.  Teachers will incorporate handwriting templates with other lessons. Co-teachers are important to the process of developing fluent handwriting by carefully observing and coaching student progress.

C.S. Lewis reminds us that literature allows us to see the world through the eyes and experience of others:  “But in reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.”   Literature is a proven means of developing empathy in children.  In keeping with our values, HLA’s literature selections focus on formative and multicultural experiences.  Students are encouraged to read independently, with their families and with their class.  

Within literature, students build comprehension and critical thinking skills that develop their abilities to make predictions, improve their understanding of content, sequence or character and connect whatever they are reading with their own experience and knowledge. Mastering reading comprehension for any student is the foundation to all future academic success and is one of the most valuable and lasting skills a student will develop.  For class literature selections, students are given reading comprehension questions that build in difficulty to challenge your student.