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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade
Teaching & Learning

Language Arts

Language Arts in Pre-Kindergarten expands a young child’s world of imagination and discovery. Language inspires a desire in children to unlock the code of printed symbols on a page and to begin to use letters and words to express their thoughts and experiences. Beauvoir teachers build on each child’s innate pleasure in words, establishing a positive foundation for speaking, listening, reading and writing. These skills are part of Language Arts at every grade level.
Language Arts for Kindergarten is based on the belief that children become increasingly aware of language when experiences are made meaningful, functional and interesting. Children begin to develop an appreciation of literature and skills that will help them become independent writers, while also further refining their oral expression and enhancing their listening and critical thinking skills. Kindergarten incorporates the needs and interests of each child with theme-based studies and the application of new skills.

First Grade
Language Arts for a First Grader means beginning to unlock the mysteries of the printed word, which leads to an important sense of accomplishment. As readers, children become more independent as they gain the skills and strategies necessary to thrive within the wonderful world of literature. Oral expression and active listening activities focus on children learning to use words meaningfully, which enhances interpersonal communication. First Graders are eager to express themselves through a range of activities, which develop important writing skills.

Second Grade
Language Arts builds confidence in Second Graders’ reading and writing abilities. Our goal is to foster in students an appreciation of literature, strong literacy skills and an overall pride in their achievements as readers and writers. Second Graders learn through a balanced language approach, weaving together social studies, mathematics, science and the arts.

Third Grade
Language Arts in the Third Grade further integrates the language components of listening, speaking, writing and reading, and incorporates these into other subject areas. A literature-based reading program encourages children to read for meaning, information and pleasure. Basic language skills are strengthened so that communication can be increasingly effective.

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Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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