At PS 9 we utilize a balanced approach to teach literacy. Through a daily combination of various reading, writing, and word study opportunities teachers support students in becoming lifelong readers and writers. Please see this link which describes all of the components of balanced literacy which we include on a daily basis.
We use a similar balanced approach in mathematics. By engaging students in a number of different opportunities to develop high-level thinking, problem-solving and communication skills, students will develop the necessary strategies to become proficient and fluent mathematicians. Please see this link which describes all of the components of the balanced mathematics approach we employ.