At Stratford Friends, many of our students struggle with learning to read and with reading comprehension. As pioneers in educating students with learning differences, we understand the importance of laying a solid foundation in phonics and building upon that foundation with comprehension skills, reading fluency, and vocabulary development. Our program is delivered through a daily two hour literacy block.
Our students are taught to read using the Orton-Gillingham Approach to Language Instruction. We use Take Flight®, an Orton-Gillingham research-based curriculum, to provide phonics instruction using multisensory techniques. Visual, auditory, and tactile-kinesthetic learning modalities are reinforced through systematic, explicit, diagnostic and prescriptive instruction. This method develops the language abilities of each child by teaching foundational reading skills and concepts through involvement of all the student’s senses.
As students progress in their reading ability, comprehension skills are explicitly taught using a variety of rich literature and informational texts. Students learn to: activate prior knowledge, make connections, predict outcomes, build vocabulary, make inferences, identify the main idea, ask questions, visualize, evaluate, summarize, and synthesize. Teachers help students develop independent strategies for learning, creating an atmosphere of curiosity and enthusiasm for reading.