Reading & Phonics through Spelling
Reading & Phonics through Spelling takes five essential components of reading – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension – and systematically teaches students using a discovery and sound-based approach to synthetic phonics instruction. Each week students. Each week students will discover spelling patterns for different sounds using therapy methods in the class. Homework is completed each week using the A Reason For Spelling workbooks. This approach to reading and phonics gives a solid foundation while also using proven methods for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.
- Level 1 is offered for students using A Reason For Spelling Level C and Level D
- Level 2 is offered for students using A Reason For Spelling Level E and Level F
To determine what level your child is performing at please utilize the placement tests for A Reason For Spelling :
This course is designed to help your special needs or struggling learner gain mastery and success, building confidence and ability through skills acquisition. Our trained staff is committed to providing gentle, guided and proven instruction.
Classes at the Thinking and Learning Center are based on a therapy model of intervention. Class size is very small, up to six students. Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group intervention that covers research-based reading or math instruction while mediation, Socratic questioning, and strengthening of cognitive functions will serve as the core methodology. Reading or math activities will be utilized as the core content in this dynamic intervention and students’ foundational reading or math concepts will be strengthened while their thinking, reading, language, math, and/or problem solving skills will be challenged, all within an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.
How are our classes different than Tutoring?
Tutoring is form of reteaching or breaking down learning into smaller steps to help someone who struggles. Educational therapy goes beyond that, looking at learning in a three part process:
- 1. Information gathering
- 2. Thinking through information
- 3. Delivering or expressing the information.
This shows exactly where the breakdown occurs and what thought processes are used or underutilized while also looking at the output and if there is breakdown in delivering the information learned. Socratic questioning helps the teacher discover these breakdowns and guides the student through overcoming. Each game or activity uses different cognitive functions and has different levels. The classes are formatted as a cooperative environment where students see how other kids process the information and discuss how we think through games and questions. Students quickly learn that sometimes they see the information the same as another student and when they don’t it’s a learning experience. The classroom is a safe place to discuss how they think through information. The end result helps students to see how they learn and through the discussions they learn how to learn.