The literacy method of Eleva School was built from great theoretical references of education such as Emília Ferreiro and Magda Soares and outlined by neuroscience studies about brain development.
In this sense, we avoid the one-method only approach. We know that phonological awareness, associated with the phonic method is of great importance in understanding a key element in writing: the identification of the relationships between phonemes and graphemes. In this stage, the sound form of speech is translated and associated to the graphic form of writing and gradually, the specific skills of coding and decoding of the written language are developed. However, it is essential that this learning takes place in a context of immersion in the written culture associated with the global method to promote the expansion of the cultural repertoire and encourage the children to discover pleasure and improve their reading and writing skills.
We believe that these aspects must always be present and well balanced in children’s learning so that we can train avid readers and competent writers.
English Biliteracy and Literacy
Eleva School is a bilingual Brazilian school. Our proposal is to develop students with English language proficiency who can understand and communicate in English at the academic and social level. In order to make this possible, the school promotes the literacy of students, that is, the literacy of children simultaneously in Portuguese and in English.
Literacy occurs simultaneously in both languages, with the same methodological approach, but respecting the construction time of the repertoire and the particularities of each language. To guide us in the English literacy process, we make use of the program developed by Professor Lucy Calkins, from Columbia University, the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop.
The American program was adopted by Eleva School for combining gradual development of written competence with encouraging a passion for reading and writing in the English language. The program uses children’s literature books to develop reading and writing skills in our students, just as we do in Portuguese.
“Literacy is a key that opens the world of words, no longer a world narrated by others, but the world of your personal narrative with the words you learn to unravel.”