The Elementary Language Arts Curriculum for the Diocese of Pittsburgh has been developed to enable each student to be introduced to language as a viable form of communication, as an invaluable skill, and an art to be enjoyed. The philosophy inherent in the curriculum is one of continuous growth which recognizes and nurtures the God-given potential and learning style of the individual.
Language as communication enables the student to become more perceptive through the sharpening of the senses of listening, observation and feeling. Oral and written communication allows the student to clearly express what is perceived.
Language, as a skill, provides the student with the important tools to listen attentively, speak fluently, read and comprehend, compose, write legibly, and spell correctly in order to be clearly understood. An awareness of the history of language and the continuous development of vocabulary also are important phases of skill development.
An appreciation of the art of literature enriches through experience with skillful authors who vicariously open new worlds of adventure that envelop far off places, times long past, and modern trends of good reading. Having developed a love for good literature, this aesthetic element will overflow into the student’s personal oral and written expression.
The teaching of language arts is done within a scheduled block of time in which listening, speaking, reading, and writing flow from the literature. Instruction occurs in a variety of class settings such as:
- Whole group
- Flexible-led groups which challenge and assure progress for each student considering both ability and learning style
- Small cooperative groups
- Individual work
- Group and individual use of technology and media