• Joy Elementary School Curriculum Students at Joy Elementary have a variety of educational programs that address core curriculum in Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies that provide them with the opportunity to expand their learning potential. 
    It is our goal at Joy Elementary to provide our students with the necessary skills and strategies which are essential for a strong foundation in literacy. We want our students to become readers and writers who recognize the many purposes of literacy and who make it an integral part of their lives. Working toward this goal, the professional staff of Joy Elementary implement a balanced literacy format which is based on credible research in best practices for reading and writing instruction. The goal of balanced literacy is to ensure that all students become proficient, motivated, and critical life-long readers and writers. Our focus is to integrate skills and strategies using authentic text as students read for meaning. Instruction is explicit and moves along a continuum:  from demonstration and "thinking aloud" to guided practice which ultimately leads to independent problem solving. Instruction emphasizes reading for meaning using authentic text, phonemic awareness and phonics, fluency, vocabulary development and writing for a variety of purposes. Teachers plan their instruction with an understanding that all learners will proceed through this process at their own pace and at their instructional level. Through balanced literacy, our professional responsibility uses assessment and observation of students engaged in the learning process to guide our interactions with them.  Kindergarten through sixth grade teachers have a variety of resources to address the learning needs of students. 
    Some of these educational resources include:
    Making Meaning is a program designed to develop comprehension skills. Making Meaning is a research-based comprehension curriculum that supports social and ethical learning. 
    The Comprehension Toolkit, is designed to help kindergarten through fifth grade students understand, respond to and learn from nonfiction text.  It provides the foundation for developing independent readers and learners across the curriculum.
    Fundation, available to all kindergarten through second grade students, addresses phonemic awareness and phonics.
    The Daily 5 Literacy model builds student independence during the literacy block.  This model has enabled teachers to implement guided reading: small group instruction at the instructional level of each student. Cafe is a continuation of the Daily 5 model providing teachers with a framework to incorporate reading strategies during the instructional day.
    Michigan City Area Schools adopted Reading Street as an additional resource to support the balanced literacy framework.
    Units of Study, a writing workshop model,  is the district writing program.  This sequential series of lessons focus on the belief that all students are writers and  provides teachers with writing plans and teaching strategies that support this belief.
    Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a reading intervention program used in grades kindergarten through 4th grade.  Students needing extra reading and writing support receive additional instructional with a trained instructor to bridge the gap in their literacy performance.
    The Scholastic Read 180 program is implemented for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in need of additional support in literacy.
    Ready Mathematics is used in K-6 classrooms to address student needs in mathematics.  There is an online component that targets individual student need.    Instructional assistants work with students to address areas of need in mathematics. 
    Science and Social Studies
    These subject areas are often integrated into the language arts block to address learning needs.  All classrooms use Science Kits which are part of the Indiana Science Initiative