Daily Five Structure:
The majority of our school day is spent on literacy. Teacher instruction is based upon the latest educational research. The Daily Five structure for teaching literacy, along with the Fountas and Pinnell literacy intervention program, have students working on reading, writing, and word work activities on a daily basis.
After Christmas, we always have a "Daily Five Open House" where parents can come and spend time in the morning with their children. Daily 5 starts at 8:30 a.m. and for most classes runs until 11:00 a.m. Parents may come for some of that time or all of it. If you have more than one child, you could spend a little bit of time with each one or come in on more than one day. Students make a special invitation to invite their parents as they enjoy having their parents in the class.
Daily Five Activities include:
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Listen to Reading
- Word Work
- Work on Writing
Fountas and Pinnell Reading Intervention:
Our school is currently using a literacy program called Fountas and Pinnell. At the beginning of the year, students are assessed in their reading skills. Students needing extra reading intervention receive comprehensive individual or small-group reading intervention using this program. We have reading intervention resources for students in Grades 1-6.
Scholastic Book Fair:
The Scholastic Book Fair arrives at our school during early November. It is located in the Vauxhall Elementary School Library. It is just like visiting a book store with wonderful books and other exciting products for sale. By supporting our Book Fair, you enable our school to obtain new resources for our school library. The store will accept cash, cheques, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Debit Cards.
Rocky Mountain Book Club:
Every year Mrs. Willis has book club contest with students in grades 2-6. Students in grades 4-6 can participate in the Rocky Mountain Book Club contest. Students in grades 2 and 3 can join the Red Apple Reading Club. Students have a certain period of time to read the books and then vote on their favorites. Afterwards, the results are recorded and Mrs. Willis has a celebration to announce the book club votes.