By our Smarty friends at Charlotte Latin School
When the founders envisioned Charlotte Latin School, they knew that a classical education should begin with phonics instruction for our youngest students. To truly understand language from the basic phonemic constructs enables all students to not only read but attack every type of word a Charlotte Latin student encounters.
As the Kindergarten and First Grade teams work together to create an intentional provocative reading progression, students become masters of the craft. From wall cards to word families, students explore all the many relationships language has – mastering more than 126 possible sounds and jobs of the alphabet. As they practice, rehearse, progress, and manipulate phonemes to both decode and encode, students develop a skill set that relies on critical thinking and solid understanding. Our teachers embed the lessons in dynamic, well-received instruction and continually monitor each child on an individual basis. The process is both engaging and age-appropriate and provides a balanced combination of reach and reinforcement for every level of reader.
As readers, students have few barriers as the 24-month instruction is highly immersive and prepares them for any challenge a word might present. In addition, developing fluency and adding inflection and comprehension polishes the experience and develops lifelong readers. The founders seemed to understand that children needed to master “learning to read” so that when they advanced through school, they would be able to “read to learn.” As a key foundational premise, our phonics-driven reading instruction has proven itself since Charlotte Latin opened.
2020 Open Houses
Charlotte Latin is excited to host two virtual LIVE Open House events this fall. Our Kindergarten Open House, on Saturday, October 3, focuses on our teachers and students and the K–12 journey. Our Middle School and Upper School Open House, on Saturday, October 17, focuses on the student-faculty relationships.
Both events begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings and last approximately one hour.
The Kindergarten Experience: Saturday, October 3rd, 10-11a
Join us, virtually, for this live event to learn why we believe Charlotte Latin School is a special place and why the K-12 journey promotes our mission: to encourage individual development and civility in our students, inspiring them to learn, by encouraging them to serve others, and by offering many growth promoting opportunities.
Middle and Upper School: A Student and Faculty Perspective:: Saturday, October 17th from 10–11:15a
Join us, virtually, for this live event to hear why relationships matter at Charlotte Latin. You will hear from our Head of School, Chuck Baldecchi, along with several student-faculty pairs to learn the many ways we embrace our mission.