The cornerstone of Savannah River Academy’s reading program is Fountas and Pinnell’s “guided reading.” Teachers work with small groups of like readers to effectively build comprehension and decoding skills. Our balanced approach to reading adds language experience, phonics taught through the Orton-Gillingham method, and multi-sensory approaches to language development. Fiction and non-fiction texts are utilized within the reading program.
Writing occurs daily in the classrooms using the 6+1 Traits Writing Model as a framework. Students work through all the phases of writing, from brainstorming to producing a final draft. Genres of writing (e.g., research papers, opinion articles) are explored in an age-appropriate way.
Spelling and Vocabulary
Our younger learners use the “Sounds and Letters for Readers and Spellers” series, as well as the Orton-Gillingham method to build early spelling skills. The spelling program is based on phonemic awareness. Students transition to “Words Their Way” before moving to “Vocabulary Workshop” by fourth grade.
Savannah River Academy utilizes “Shurley English” to teach grammar skills throughout all grade levels.