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Shamrock Gardens Elementary
Magnet School of Excellence
3301 Country Club Drive
Charlotte, NC 28205
Courier #: 527
P: 980-343-6440  |  F: 980-343-6513 
Principal: Sarah Reeves
LC: Northeast-Garinger Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
Grades: K-5
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Shamrock Literacy Lab 


Balanced Literacy incorporates all reading approaches realizing students need to use multiple strategies to become proficient readers. It provides and cultivates the skills of reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening for all students. Balanced literacy is not merely a philosophy but rather a cohesive approach to teaching literacy. A balanced approach to literacy instruction combines language and literature-rich activities associated with holistic reading instruction with the explicit teaching of skills as needed to develop the fluency and comprehension that proficient readers possess. Such instruction stresses the love of language, gaining meaning from print, and instruction of phonics in context. The Balanced Literacy approach to reading instruction incorporates many reading strategies in order to meet the varying needs of all students. Some of the components of the approach include phonemic awareness and phonics instruction, reading aloud to children, independent reading, guided reading, shared reading and literacy centers for independent practice. Balanced literacy cultivates the skills of reading, writing, thinking, speaking, and listening for all students. It allows for flexibility within the classroom giving teachers the tools to meet each child where he/she is and move him/her forward in the manner and time best suited to the individual.

At Shamrock Gardens our Literacy lab gives teachers access to authentic literature, guided reading books, professional learning materials, and the Leveled Literacy Invention program developed by Fountas & Pinnell, and much more to help guide and develop a LOVE of READING for all students at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School.

Below are pictures of the NEW BALANCED LITERACY LAB at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School.

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