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Early Literacy & Numeracy

Developing strong numeracy and literacy skills early on can lead to greater academic success for our students down the road. That's why kindergarten and Grade 1 students struggling with math and reading get extra help through our Early Numeracy Intervention Program (ENIP) and Reading Recovery. Both programs operate in all of our early years schools.


ENIP involves collaboration between classroom teachers and early numeracy facilitators trained to work directly with the students. Initially, teachers and facilitators work with all kindergarten and Grade 1 students to determine their understanding of numbers and then move on to identify those who are struggling and need further support. The facilitators work with students individually, in pairs, or in small groups to improve counting, recognizing numbers, sequencing, and other foundational numeracy skills.


Grade 1 students having difficulty learning to read and write get the extra help they need through Reading Recovery, an internationally-recognized intervention strategy for young readers. It involves daily 30-minute individual lessons with specially-trained Reading Recovery teachers, conducted outside of the classroom for 12 to 20 weeks. Lessons are tailored to each student's unique needs, drawing from their own experiences and knowledge to develop strategies that will help them become better readers and writers.

Annual tracking results show a high percentage of our Reading Recovery students are able to work within the average range of achievement in reading and writing. Learn more at the Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery website.

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