Literacy, encompassing reading, writing, listening, and speaking, is a fundamental part of education. At Open Window, our literacy program evolves alongside our students. In the lower school, we base our language arts curriculum primarily on the Collaborative Literacy Suite published by the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. This curriculum stands out for its combination of research-based best practices in reading and writing instruction with an emphasis on nurturing students' growth as caring, collaborative, and principled individuals. This dual focus aligns perfectly with Open Window's core values, enabling our teachers to devote their expertise to creating enriching learning experiences for gifted students.