In first/second grade students continue to learn about phonics, vocabulary and grammar both experientially through their interactions with texts and writing, and more explicitly with the Words Their Way word study program. Following Words Their Way procedures, small group instruction and practice is based on students’ individual needs and progress.
Students in first/second grade also continue handwriting instruction and practice with the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. The HWT program focuses on letter, word, and sentence writing skills. The goal of the program is to help students develop proper handwriting habits and then apply those habits naturally and automatically to all writing experiences.