E.L.A. - Language Word Study
Language Word Study is one component of a Balanced Literacy Model.
Language Word Study is the integration of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary instruction. Word study teaches students how to look closely at words to discover the regularities and conventions of English orthography, or spelling.
The primary schools in the Tri-Town School Union have begun implementing Fundations as their Language Word Study program.
Wilson Fundations for K-3 is a phonological/phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling program for the general education classroom. Fundations is based upon the Wilson Reading System® principles and serves as a prevention program to help reduce reading and spelling failure.
Rather than completely replace core curriculum, Fundations provides the research-validated strategies that complement existing litearcy programs to meet federal standards and serve the needs of all children.
Teachers incorporate a 30-minute daily Fundations lesson into their language arts classroom instruction. Fundations lessons focus on carefully sequenced skills that include print knowledge, alphabet awareness, phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling. Critical thinking, speaking and listening skills are practiced during Storytime activities.
Intermediate schools in the Tri-Town are addressing Language Word Study through a variety of approaches using many different resources and materials. Components addressed are: phonics, vocabulary, spelling. grammar and handwriting.