We use a structured, multi-sensory, phonics-based program, which builds both decoding and encoding skills. The student will develop and apply strategies and skills to comprehend text that is read, heard, and viewed. Students learn to self-monitor their comprehension by using strategies of predicting, retelling, summarizing, reflecting, and answering questions.
We teach students to develop critical reading skills by emphasizing the different subskills of reading comprehension: working within words, following directions, using the content, locating the answer, getting the facts, getting the main idea, drawing conclusions, detecting the sequence, and identifying inferences. We use specific multi-sensory reading strategies, such as making predictions, retelling, webbing, and paraphrasing, in addition to specific textbook reading strategies.
Students have fun learning vocabulary through vocabulary cartoons, using a multi-sensory approach to learning vocabulary. A combination of rhyming and visual mnemonic makes it twice as easy to remember a new word.
Students learn to brainstorm using different types of graphic organizers, including webbing, listing, outlining, and computer-enhanced techniques to learn the structure and organization of writing.
We use a multi-sensory approach to build a solid foundation in math skills, including algebra and geometry. We also teach strategies for basic and complex word problems.
Reading fluency is designed for students who wish to increase their reading rate. It is also designed to improve comprehension and help develop different reading rates for different materials. Students become more efficient in their study time, often doubling or tripling their present reading speed.
Test strategies are proven to help students perform better on standardized tests, including SAT, ACT, ERB, ISEE, and HSPT.
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