Following New York State curriculum guidelines the General Studies program provides an active and compassionate structural environment. Formerly struggling learners earn confidence as they acquire skills in an academically corrective setting. Highly innovative professional teachers and staff use specialized methods and materials in small classes to ensure progress.
Reading and Language Arts
Our highly developed Reading Program organically flows from phonics and phonetic awareness to vocabulary development, comprehension and reading responses. As competency increases so does grammar, spelling, written expression, speaking and listening skills as well as general linguistic awareness. Classroom experiences are designed for communication enhancement such as critical thinking, speaking and listening skills and reading enjoyment and enrichment. Systems utilized include:
Trade Books (taught in small group instruction utilizing Learning Link Teacher Guides), Teacher Created materials and Perfection Learning Teacher Guides. Scott Foresman Reading & Language Arts Program, McGraw Hill Reading Program , Novel Guide books, Focus On Reading, Phoenix Learning Resources, Mosdos Press, Barnell Loft specific skill series, Taking the High Road, Reading for Concepts, New Practice Readers, Get Ready, Get Set for the Code, Explode the Code, Clues to Meaning, Structural Reading, Spelling Workout, Scholastic Weekly Reading, Wilson, Primary Phonics, Visualizing and Verbalizing, New York Reading Coach, TerraNova Edition, Step up to Writing, LinguiSystems Problem Solving and Thinking Strategies programs and Wilson Foundations Program.
Social Studies / Current Events
The Social Studies program is an integrated course of study which includes all conventional elementary content. Students are involved in discussion, reading, writing, study skills development, cumulative projects and field trips.
Handwriting skills are developed through the, “Handwriting without Tears/Cursive Success” program, a specialized developmentally based method of teaching handwriting skills, formulated by a certified occupational therapist. All teachers in the school are consistent in utilizing the program. In addition, occupational therapists work closely with classroom staff to ensure that students are appropriately challenged to maximize the generalization of skills mastered.
The mathematics program is designed to meet the individual needs of every student. The Educational Director meets with each student and teacher to coordinate individual programs. Math and test taking skills, strategies and concepts are taught through the use of conventional aids, as well as concrete manipulatives. Simple to follow instructions help the student learn key skills and concepts. The systems utilized are:
Sadlier Oxford Progress in Mathematics
Sadlier Oxford New Progress in Mathematics
New York State TerraNova Mathematics Coach
Scientific exploration naturally requires multi-sensory participation. Students are given the opportunity to observe, investigate and experiment using active learning to develop skills and insure comprehension. Focused discussions take place in collaborative groups while experimental recording sheets help categorize each unit of investigation and collection by organizing data and discussing results.
Systems for science include: FOSS, Full Option Science System, which uses several instructional pedagogues including inquiry, hands on active learning, multi-sensory methods, student-to-student interaction, discourse and reflective thinking.
Our commitment to precision teaching allows staff professionals to flexibly gear teaching methods to meet student needs.
Verbal, visual and hands-on learning experiences engage the student's attention fostering curiosity and minimizing distraction.
Both General and Judaic Studies teaching staff collaborate with therapists and curriculum directors on a regular basis to plan motivational strategies. As the student becomes more aware of his or her personal responsibility towards education and behavior in general, a carrying over takes place beyond the school and/or classroom environment.