McGraw-Hill Wonders, Project Read, and The Judith Hochman Method for Teaching Basic Writing Skills guide our core language arts and reading curriculum. The programs reinforce reading strategies, oral language skills, written expression, vocabulary, fluency, and reading and listening comprehension skills.
Lower School students also participate in a wide array of supplemental support programs and auxiliary services. “Boost” classes provide additional instruction in Phonics using Orton-Gillingham-based strategies which are applied to reading comprehension and fluency. Orton-Gillingham-based strategies provide students an auditory, visual, and kinesthetic tactile approach that improves decoding skills, encoding skills, and long-term auditory, sequential, and visual memory. “Boost” classes incorporate Recipe for Reading and Project Read curricula to support students in the phonological processing of language that includes auditory discrimination and auditory memory.
The speech and language pathologist teaches weekly “Linked to Language” classes that focus on language comprehension and expression. Students also participate in the “MOVE” class taught by our occupational therapist. These classes focus on handwriting in fourth grade and visual memory, visual organization, and visual sequential processing skills in the fifth grade. Small and individual groups of speech and language and occupational therapy are provided for students requiring additional support.
Lower School students also participate in art, music, health and wellness, physical education, STEAM, technology, and ABIDE classes.