The Language Arts Curriculum for Learning Disabilities encompasses all areas of English Language instruction. The components covered include basic phonics, advanced morphology, reading comprehension strategies, literature appreciation, critical thinking, vocabulary development, handwriting, sentence construction, paragraph construction and writing.
Language Arts Curriculum
The principals of Orton-Gillingham are the foundation of the Language Arts Curriculum for Learning Disabilities. The foundational “O-G” Orton-Gillingham principles direct that the curriculum adapt to meet the needs of each student. Each component of the reading /writing curricula occurs in a structured /sequential order. Within the learning process the evolution is from simple to complex language concepts. O-G utilizes a multi-sensory teaching strategies for the most effective presentation of the curriculum to each student. There is an ongoing cumulative review of the process to ensure each student’s mastery of skills.
Supplemental Programs to the Language Arts Curriculum
In addition to the Orton-Gillingham approach, supplemental language arts programs utilized at Bainbridge Academy include the Fast ForWord Program, Nessy Learning Program and “HWT”Hand Writing Without Tears Program (R).
Nessy Learning Program
Nessy Learning Programs are award-winning educational programs. Because they are multi media for the language arts curriculum. Because they are used in schools and homes in 192 countries around the world. Nessy Programs provide help for children with Dyslexia. Nessy Programs is a design that helps students of all abilities learn to read, write, spell and type, especially those who learn differently.
Principles of Best Practice
Nessy Reading and Spelling adheres to the Orton-Gillingham approach. This means that each child receives instruction tailored to his or her specific needs. Every resource has a rank. There is no expectation to know everything. After teaching occurs then the expectation is that the student will know the information. Nessy teaching through multisensory activities, reading and spelling occurs at the same time. Nessy is a high structure, sequential, cumulative and systematic phonics based learning program.
Language Arts Curriculum
Fast ForWord Program
Because the Fast ForWord Program is an Evidenced-Based Reading Intervention for Readers with learning challenges. Since the Fast ForWord Program is developed by neuroscientists. Because it uses a unique three-part model to directly target and fix the root causes of language and reading difficulty. The Fast ForWord provides students with the foundational language and cognitive skills, deliberate practice, and guided reading support. Because it helps students to be able to make fast improvements. These improvements continue even after the students finish the program. Because the Fast ForWord Program is a powerful intervention that we can use with students from 1st through 12th grade.
Handwriting Without Tears (HWT)
Because Handwriting remains a critical skill for the classroom. Children need a strong foundation to be successful readers, writers and communicators. Since the HWT Program for the language arts curriculum draws from years of innovation and research. The HWT Program provides developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory strategies for writing. Because the HWT Program follows research of how children learn best and includes materials that address all learning styles. Also at Bainbridge Academy our students can learn Cursive Handwriting.
Because the lessons will progress from simple to more complex sentence construction. The paragraph writing moves from theme-based sentences to more and more complex paragraphs. Since this includes topic and concluding sentences. Then expanded paragraphs and then moving on to report writing.