CGA LANGUAGE ARTS
Exploring quality literature and developing a strong skill base is the foundation of Language Arts at Canyon Grove. Our Epic program includes Reading Horizons, an explicit phonics curriculum that helps our younger students build a solid foundation in reading and spelling through direct instruction and game-based learning. Older students delve into valuable literature discussions that correspond with the weekly Epic topics and focus on essentials such as strong writing abilities and deeper literary analytical skills. This combined approach opens up the wonder of the literary world and helps students make important connections in History, Humanities, and STEM.
Student progress is essential and current levels of mastery will be visible on our CGA online dashboard as students attain grade-level Power Standards skills and through rubric-supported writing samples. Participation in Acadience, NWEA, and RISE assessments also help us work together to ensure a strong academic foundation and mastery of essential Language Arts skills and empower students to own their success as they celebrate their individual academic progress.
At home, we encourage students to focus on becoming avid and engaged readers, developing strong keyboarding and discussion skills, and building a strong writing voice. To do so, we recommend the following for all students:
- CGA Family Literacy & Skills course (or a comparable option from the Resource Library)
- Online Humanities for 4th-6th grade students weekly
- Lexia and/or PowerUp weekly
- Keyboarding for 3rd-6th grade students weekly
- Participation in CGA Battle of the Books events yearly for 3rd-6th grade students
- Daily 5 literacy habits adapted to a warm, encouraging home environment
- Read to Self (daily: snuggled on couch, flashlight under covers, treehouse, blanket fort)
- Work on Writing (often: build stamina, find a voice and purpose for writing, underline)
- Read to Someone (Emerging readers, daily. Strong readers, often: parent, siblings, adopt-a-grandparent, lonely neighbor)
- Word Work (often: word games while folding laundry or making dinner together -patterns, word families, prefixes, suffixes, rhyming, etc.)
- Listen to Reading (often: audiobooks while driving or playing Legos, family read-aloud, and discussions around great literature)