Early Literacy

Literacy is the foundation for learning .

The primary grades lay the foundation for all future interactions with education. By intervening with grade one and grade two students, it is intended that the Early Literacy Initiative will develop skills and enhance their abilities and successes.

The Early Literacy Intervention Project is based upon the theory that reading is an interactive process in which the student accesses knowledge from their graphonemic, semantic and syntactic pools of knowledge. Students read by attending to many different aspects of printed text including letters, words, pictures, language, messages and stories.

This is a student-centered project based upon the strategies the student brings to the reading and writing process. Through literacy intervention, students build their knowledge about the conventions of our language. This intervention project will allow students to acquire language skills and strategies more readily when ownership and responsibility is encouraged.  

This project will promote literacy throughout the division. It will enhance existing programs and provide an alternative program for at-risk students.

See the file below for a detailed description of the responsibilities and expectations of the Early Literacy Team members, classroom teachers, administrators, parents, and students involved in the ELI Program.


Literacy is the foundation for all aspects of learning!

Students are selected for the initiative based upon teacher recommendations and/or consultation with school resource teams. The following criteria were developed by the Early Literacy Intervention team:

  1. The student has average cognitive potential but lacks opportunity or experience.
  2. The student does not have a confounding learning or emotional problem.
  3. Will short term, intensive reading support be sufficient for that student?
  4. Can the student demonstrate and apply memorization strategies in the classroom?
  5. The student is not receiving other services.
Updated 2014-03-07 L. English