The Reading Program
"A book is good if it permits, invites or even impels a good reading... While good books can be read badly, bad books cannot be read well. The question is not whether it is a good book, but whether the book compelled a good reading." - C.S. Lewis
Reading is a vital element and the basic skill in building literacy and liberty within each student. Many components comprise our K4-12th grade program that build mastery of language skills and cultivate lifelong reading habits with which parents should be familiar. The program begins in preschool by building reading readiness. Children are taught to recognize the phonograms of the Writing Road to Reading Program (WRR) -- a whole, phonetic approach to reading, spelling, and writing.
Throughout the primary
grades the components of reading are taught daily. Basic readers are used in
the classroom, while supplementary readers, at a reading level below ability,
are sent home for oral reading practice with parents. Using the Bible as a
reader has recently been added to the elementary reading program. Students are
required to write answers to leading questions and complete vocabulary
exercises pertaining to comprehension and conceptual thinking by second grade.
Reading instruction continues through the eighth grade.
Independent reading is encouraged and library book reading with assigned book reviews begins in the elementary school and continues throughout high school in English. StoneBridge students traditionally score high on SAT tests in vocabulary, listening skills, and reading comprehension.
Parents of lower school
students are strongly encouraged to read classics aloud at home. This nurtures
the love of language, literary classics, poetry, and ennobled
characterizations. The sounds of language and the lyrical rhythms and imagery
conveyed through this method enhance the child's vocabulary and writing ability
Consider giving classics and poetry books as gifts or rewards, investing in hard-backed copies of those studied in literature classes. Our students embrace each new classic they study as a "lifetime friend" and cherish having a fine copy of their own for reading during summertime.
Required Summer Reading
StoneBridge has a required summer reading program. Three high quality books are to be read independently at all grade levels. Special commendations are awarded in September to those who read beyond the minimum. Kindergarten parents are asked to read books aloud.