Literacy at Mt. Lebanon School

Literacy Instruction at Mount Lebanon School

  • All grades at Mount Lebanon School have a 90 minute daily literacy block.
  • TEAM time at Mt. Lebanon School is an additional period when students may receive extra literacy support needed to be successful life-long readers and writers.
  • Kindergarten - 2nd Grades:  Students learn phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and handwriting  through the FUNdations program.   Instructional reading is provided using the Guided Reading approach in which both fluent, accurate reading and comprehension are taught within a student's instructional level.   Guided Reading is conducted with small groups.  It is used to reinforce, apply, and expand the skills learned in FUNdations lessons as well as other literacy skills like vocabulary development, improved awareness of concepts, speaking and writing. (
  • 3rd and 4th Grades:  Guided Reading is also the main instructional method to develop fluent, accurate reading with grade level text, both fiction and nonfiction.  Guided Reading in grades 3 and 4 provides opportunities to engage with complex texts so that students develop more sophisticated ways to respond to literature verbally and in writing. In addition to Guided Reading,students are expected to write narrative, argument and informative/explanatory pieces as well as many others forms of writing. ( and 4th grades continue more advanced investigation of phonics, spelling, and writing conventions.  In 2017-2018, 3rd grade will implement Level 3 FUNdations.
Supplemental Reading Instruction
MaryLu Washington
Kimberlee Terrien
District Literacy support is provided to students who are identified as needing targeted instruction, in addition to their Teacher's Tier 1/classroom instruction.  The purpose of this intervention is  for students to achieve proficiency in reading and writing.  Students are identified to receive District literacy support  through the analysis of school-wide data and teacher referrals.

Title 1 Reading 

Valerie Kehoe

  • "Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title I is to provide extra instructional services and activities which support students identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state’s challenging performance standards in mathematics, reading, and writing." 
  • Students who receive Title 1 Reading support will:
    • Receive direct, explicit instruction using intervention curricula that directly meets their individual needs; meets with the Title I Reading Specialist;
    • Be invited to after school reading/writing information sessions.