Language Arts

Reading and writing opens up children to brave new worlds…

Hebrew Academy believes that a strong reading program is essential in building an everlasting educational foundation in all core subject areas.  Our kindergarten and first grade students participate in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program®- (LiPS®)*.   LiPS®* provides students with the necessary skills for decoding, spelling, letter blends and diagraphs to help build a student's concept of whole language that will follow them into adulthood as they continue to decipher and add new vocabulary to their reading repertoire. Students are guided by our teachers, trained specifically for this program, to discover which part of the mouth is used to make each sound by looking in a mirror.  They identify whether a sound is noisy or quiet by using the sense of touch to feel the air or the vibrations made by each sound and then build phonemic awareness as they learn to connect these sounds.  The result? Students learn to read naturally at a comfortable pace based on individual readiness.  Hebrew Academy has been teaching phonemic awareness using this method for many years with much success in giving our students a strong start in reading and language development.   

A comprehensive program that combines phonemic awareness, writing, grammar, spelling, and language development prepares students to read and appreciate literature, while learning to express themselves with creativity and clarity.  At every grade level, varieties of instructional techniques are used to explore both written and oral language.  Through individual, paired, and small group instruction, students learn the strategies they will need for analysis and comprehension of increasingly more difficult written passages.  In addition, students write their own books, poems, and speeches which may be published or highlighted in special programs, as well as a variety of local, regional, and nationwide contests.  The common thread throughout the school is the teaching of effective communication skills and critical thinking.  The curriculum aims to inspire students to think creatively and to develop articulation of thought in both the spoken and written word. 

*Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center are not affiliated with, certified, licensed, or sponsored by Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, Nanci Bell, Phyllis Lindamood or Pat Lindamood. Lindamood-Bell Learning Process in no way guarantees the quality of the materials or services that might be supplied by the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater and Strelitz Early Childhood Center.