Project Read, Passport Intervention Reading, 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 reading comprehension, phonics, and fluency, using Winston’s Blue Book Method and Recipe for Reading programs. The Blue Book Method is a decoding program of keywords based on visual imagery that uses a multi-sensory approach to instruction. This Orton-Gillingham-based program allows students to couple their naturally strong sense of visual data with auditory information. Its purpose is to improve decoding skills, encoding skills, long-term auditory, sequential and visual memory, and the application of spelling generalizations. The Recipe for Reading approach is a research-based program that uses multi-sensory methods to develop phonological processing of words and auditory 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.