English Language Arts K encompasses reading, writing, speaking, spelling, and listening skills for students who are emerging learners. This course places a heavy emphasis on the alphabet, as students learn letter names and both uppercase and lowercase letters. Students also learn letter sounds and how to articulate and blend those sounds. English Language Arts K focuses on building reading skills through the use of high-frequency sight words—common prepositions, nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Through grade-level appropriate readings, students explore story elements and the ways in which pictures relate to text. They also learn to summarize a text and to compare and contrast characters, events, and ideas within texts. This course teaches foundational grammar and writing skills, including proper capitalization, spacing between words, and sentence punctuation. Students learn to print words and write complete sentences. Finally, interactive activities throughout the academic year help students develop their speaking and listening skills as well. This course includes a printed Parent and Teacher Guide that will help you support your student’s learning.