Reading/Reading Decoding: Students practice basic sound/symbol associations, including short and long vowels, blends and digraphs, compound words, prefixes and suffixes, through creative activities and games. Teacher is trained in multi-sensory reading approaches (such as Orton- Gillingham, Slingerland, Lindamood-Bell or Wilson), but additional multi-sensory approaches to reading will be used as well. Fluency practice incorporating games, and reader’s theater will be part of the class.
Math Concepts/Skills: With an intensive focus on multiplication and on fractions, students learn and/or review basic math concepts. Word problem strategies and practice are included in both sessions. In addition, by using manipulatives and playing games, students have an opportunity to develop confidence, fluency and speed through fun-filled, low stress activities.
Reading Comprehension: Students learn strategies to support reading comprehension, through readers’ theater, previewing, board games that teach inference skills, context clues, sequencing, and cause and effect. Older students analyze fiction and non-fiction texts for main ideas, themes and practice summarizing techniques.
Written Language Instruction
This “nuts and bolts” class offers practice in the basics: from punctuation and capitalization, to sentence and paragraph construction and/or essay writing. Diana Hanbury King’s Writing Skills series (EPS) forms the backbone of this class.