In third grade, Stratford students are exposed to classic American stories like that of the Ingalls family and their Little House on the Prairie. 

Reading quietly about families in other times and other parts of the country helps broaden each student’s understanding of language and idioms. Reading aloud in class helps students gain confidence with pronunciation and enunciation, while also contributing to their presentation skills.

Stratford students recite poetry and read their written work - as well as the work of others - aloud in class several days a week. This method ensures that students’ work is not only grammatically correct, but also well-constructed and engaging. 

By reading classic works from around the world, as well as current literature and poetry, Stratford students rapidly increase their vocabularies – readying them to be global citizens and confident communicators in the 21st century.