Reading is a personal experience but it is also social commitment. We at St.Xavier’s are committed to making the reading program the core idea of school education. We are consciously making an effort to build up a strong reading environment in our school where the whole school adopts reading as a key area of responsibility. Reading engagement will definitely act as a focal point and build up a sense of school community and identity.
Our teachers equip the early readers with all the technical skills at this stage like sound conventions, decoding strategies, breaking into syllables, sight vocabulary, dealing with unconventional sounds. Besides these skills they also learn to engage with the story and learn to map the story line.
Once they master the basic reading, at Grade II to IV levels, our curriculum focuses to a large extent on building up the literacy skills. Children learn to analyze texts, make connections, compare, describe, make decision to choose right reading and make reading as an important vocation. Grade V onwards, reading is completely an independent decision and children use reading for varied purposes. Reading program gets integrated with other fields of learning and the curriculum demands higher order responses from the students. Sustained enrichment activities like role play, scripting, readers’ theater, celebrating author week, meeting authors, book reviews help our students to make reading part of their life