Dear LCSD1 Parents and Guardians,
Laramie County School District #1 strives to provide the highest quality literacy experience for every child. This includes rich, purposeful exposure to high-quality curriculum in the areas of Reading, Writing, and Phonics. Our goal is to continue to improve our proficiency rates in these areas and prepare students for graduation. We have recognized some achievement trends in these areas that need to be addressed for our students. With that in mind, we have adopted a new English Language Arts Curriculum in grades K-6, Wit and Wisdom. This is an exciting opportunity for our schools, teachers, and students!
Wit and Wisdom is a comprehensive core reading program that is designed to challenge students in positive, productive ways. This program aims to build knowledge of the world and to deepen the skills they need to be strong readers, critical thinkers, skilled writers, and excellent communicators. This curriculum features a variety of deep, award-winning books that allow students in engage in rich discussion and expand their natural curiosity. The texts present within the curriculum are used as vehicles to deliver English Language Arts State Standards to students. These texts include novels, fictional stories, informational stories, biographies, poems, articles, videos, and more! The level of exposure to rich text is an opportunity that will benefit students for years to come. This curriculum also nicely compliments our Phonics program, Fundations, in the primary grades. This means that your student is receiving high-level instruction in both reading and foundational skills!
To support your child this school year, your child's teacher will send home a Family Tip Sheet at the start of each Module (every quarter). These are also available to download here on the website. These provide an overview of what your child will be learning about during that unit of study. Also included are suggestions on how to enrich these studies at home and other books you may consider reading at home with your child. You may also experience your student bringing home a core text to read with you!
We are excited to embark on this literacy journey with your student and family! For more information on the Wit and Wisdom curriculum, please visit their website athttp://www.greatminds.org/english.
LCSD1 English Language Arts Coordinator, K-12