Language Arts

LANGUAGE ARTS

Please scroll to read the philosophy held by RCDS for the Language Arts subjects as listed below:

English Grammar and Composition

Oral and Library Reading

Penmanship

Phonics

Reading Comprehension

Spelling and Vocabulary


ENGLISH GRAMMAR & COMPOSITION:

Godly thinking is the key to wholesome speaking and meaningful writing.  Meaningful composition expresses a wholesome message in an orderly written form. The eight parts of speech are emphasized along with grammar rules to give orderly form to oral and written expression of students.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author...of our faith... Hebrews 12:2


ORAL READING & LIBRARY READING:

Fluent oral reading is needed to develop public speaking skills and to reinforce silent reading skills.  Individual oral reading instruction and practice are given in lower grades and reinforced thereafter.  We encourage students to make full use of wholesome library books.  We have weekly class trips to the RCDS library.  Joshua read all the words of the law...just as it is written in the Book of the Law.  Joshua 8:34
 

PENMANSHIP:

Standard block printing of letters is taught in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.  Cursive writing is introduced in the middle of 2nd grade and reinforced thereafter.  Students should be enabled to produce both block printing and cursive writing in neat and legible style.  I write these things...that you may know... 1 John 5:13
 

PHONICS:

Phonics connects sounds to letter symbols to aid in decoding written language and to aid in proper spelling.  Each sound/symbol connection becomes a valuable key to sounding out new words.  The phonics foundation is laid in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades by oral drill, visual illustrations, and phonics exercises in workbooks.  He said...I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  Revelation 21:6
 

READING COMPREHENSION:

Reading gives insight for living from the written page.  Through the use of Christian readers, developmental reading texts and comprehension skill-building workbooks, students are taught to understand thoroughly, evaluate morally, and apply positively what they read.  The proverbs...for attaining wisdom and discipline...fear of the LORD... Proverbs 1:1-7
 

SPELLING & VOCABULARY:

Words are handles for meaning.  The more words a student knows the better he can express a message.  A student possesses a word only after he learns its spelling and meaning.  Students are encouraged to spell correctly and identify misspelled words in order to become better proofreaders and therefore writers.  ...speak intelligible words... 1 Corinthians 14:9