Elementary Program
Students experience learning in many ways. Above: One student prepares his magic act for the annual Talent Show, sponsored by Student Council.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ELEMENTARY STUDENT

  • Academic Language Therapy (ALT)
  • Grammar
  • Handwriting
  • Literature
  • Multi-Sensory Math
  • Science & The Learning Garden
  • Social Skills
  • Social Studies/History
  • Writing/Composition
  • Art Education
  • Therapeutic Drama
  • Physical Education / Modified Occupational Therapy

 

THE CORE OF OUR ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

Academic Language Therapy (ALT) is provided as a regular part of the Oak Hill Academy curriculum to students in 2nd grade through Middle School, in small groups throughout the day. The curriculum (Take Flight) developed by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, combines five key components for effective reading instruction:

  • Phonemic Awareness – following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns
  • Phonics – providing a systematic approach for single word decoding Fluency – using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
  • Fluency – using research-proven directed practice in repeated reading of words, phrases and passages to help students read newly encountered text more fluently
  • Vocabulary – featuring multiple word learning strategies (definitional, structural, contextual) and explicit teaching techniques with application in text
  • Reading Comprehension – teaching students to explicitly use and articulate multiple comprehension strategies (i.e., cooperative learning, story structure, question generation and answering, summarization and comprehension monitoring)

Only teachers who are certified Academic Language Therapists provide this specialized instruction for the students.

The Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® (V/V®) program, created by Nanci Bell, helps struggling readers develop the sensory-cognitive function of concept imagery. Unlike most reading and comprehension programs, V/V instruction directly applies concept imagery to the comprehension and expression of both oral and written language, as well as the development of critical thinking skills. Students in the V/V program move through a series of steps to learn the process for creating an imaged gestalt, then integrating that imagery with language to strengthen their comprehension and critical thinking.

For more information on the Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® (V/V®) program, please check out http://www.lindamoodbell.com/programs/visualizing-verbalizing.html