THE ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Enrichment is designed to enhance the Language Arts program, to capitalize on students’ strengths, and to meet students’ specific needs at their particular developmental levels. Classes are divided into several groups, and lessons incorporate an extensive array of teaching methods and materials. The Enrichment Program focuses on developing competency in several areas: mastering sound to symbol connection, attaining reading fluency, acquiring various comprehension strategies, and learning to generalize from a text using a variety of inferential thinking skills. Written and oral assignments develop receptive and expressive language and writing skills. While all of these areas are addressed in each instructional group, the content and emphasis varies according to students’ readiness and mastery. Groups are fluid, and students may move from one group to another depending on focus and concepts being covered. Chosen activities are used to maximize the latest developments in brain research and learning techniques. The focus is to elevate the students’ appreciation and understanding of literature and to help them become competent in all areas of literacy, both written and oral. In addition, strategies for improving and clarifying ideas and vocabulary through the use of graphic organizers may be used throughout the division. More formal study skills are presented in Grade Four and are connected to content areas across the curriculum when possible. Recognizing various text structures and writing persuasive paragraphs are included to better prepare the boys for deeper reading and Middle School. The goal is to help the boys to integrate, to synthesize and to apply these literacy skills on a consistent basis with more independence.