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Overview
Pathways: A Journey to Excellence through Literacy is an integrated language arts program which includes reading, writing, phonics, spelling, word study, comprehension and study skills, grammar, vocabulary, and handwriting. For a complete program overview, click here. For information on the integrated Kindergarten program Kindergarten Stepping Stones, click here.

Pathways is a comprehensive elementary reading program with integrated language arts. This approach allows students to follow a variety of avenues to become readers, writers, and learners. Organized around broad themes and a scope and sequence of skills, Pathways uses award-winning trade books that children want to read to deliver the skills that they need.

The program is based upon the belief that students should not only learn how to read, but also acquire the desire to read, write, and learn. Pathways provides all students with the opportunity to become passionate learners, readers, and writers and the curriculum includes components and activities that address ten key principles:

  • Reading Instruction that fosters inquiry and a deeper student involvement in learning
  • Spiritual Growth that helps students make good choices in life as well as in reading content
  • Reading Motivation that helps students develop a lifelong passion for reading
  • Writing and Expression that grows from reading and learning and helps create meaning for students
  • Selective Topics that support and encourage writing practice for different purposes and audiences
  • Reading Comprehension that grows from systematic instruction and learning strategies that students apply to literature and content subjects
  • Phonics Skills that are developed through a sequential program of phonics that includes systematic, daily practice
  • Spelling Instruction that is systematic, coordinated with phonics instruction, and addresses the specific developmental level of each student
  • Assessment that not only provides teachers and parents with information and tools about student development, but helps students assess their own growth
  • Classroom Management that includes whole-class, small group, and individual student activities.

For information on Kindergarten Stepping Stones, the faith-based, kindergarten curriculum that integrates language arts and reading, math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education, dramatic play and technology, click here.

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