Reading instruction is a significant focus in the primary grades. Children are supported through a carefully sequenced program that includes phonics, authentic literature, early writing, and oral communication practice. Kindergarten, first, and second grade classes use the Fundations(™) program for reading and writing instruction. In every grade, teachers balance specific instruction with excellent books and stories. Small group instruction ensures that every child is learning at a “just-right” level. Many of the books we read are chosen because of their rich connections to topics and themes in other areas of the curriculum. From their earliest days in our classrooms, children explore a variety of genres, styles, and literary formats. As they develop proficiency and fluency in reading, the curriculum shifts toward comprehension, writing process, genre study, and analysis.
Computer coding is an interactive, hands-on pursuit at Foote. For a third grade STEM project, students design robots using LEGOs and program their movements using click-and-drag Scratch coding.