The study of language arts at New Hope Academy focuses on five basic areas:
Because reading is foundational to the learning process, children need to develop a positive relationship with words and good books as early as the toddler years. Reading aloud and giving students opportunities to narrate or to verbalize responses and reactions to a book is an integral part of our English program.
Those who profit most from grammar studies are those who already write well. The transfer of grammar knowledge into students’ writing is a difficult and ongoing process.
Memorization is an important skill to be advanced and used. Children naturally enjoy repetition and chanting during the early years of learning. It is, therefore, important to memorize poetry and Scripture on a regular basis to enhance memorization skills during this time of development.
Spelling is a part of the whole of language and communication skills. We attempt to approach spelling in such a way that it is transferable to a student’s writing. Spelling lists, developed by the teacher and student, include words from three different areas:
Composition is crucial in the education process, allowing children to communicate and express themselves in written form. We believe that students just beginning to put thoughts down on paper should not be hindered by an overemphasis on correct spelling or grammar. This does not mean that those skills are not the goal. The mechanics of writing are taught and carefully reinforced. Teaching children to revise and reshape their writing to help make it clearer and more effective is an important aspect of teaching composition.