Reading and Writing Workshop, developed at Columbia University, is at the heart of our Language Arts Curriculum. Students are taught to read using a balanced approach that integrates all aspects of the reading process. The children read books that are “just right” while learning the thinking strategies they need to understand complex texts. Reading and writing are integrated daily; students learn to write with purpose as they select topics of interest to them. Students learn to communicate their ideas and understand that their writing conveys meaning, while studying spelling and grammar. Best of all, this highly differentiated approach means that every child works at his/her individual level at all times, ensuring that students are ready to be effective communicators in middle school and beyond.