- Phonological & Phonemic Awareness
Teaching children to become phonologically aware is a prerequisite for studying phonics and leads to reading and spelling proficiency. Your child will learn how to notice, think about & manipulate the individual sounds in spoken words.
Your child will learn that systematic and predictable relationships exist between written letters and spoken sounds. Our students learn sound to symbol relationships in a clearly defined sequence including consonants, blends, segmenting, short and long vowels, consonant and vowel digraphs, diphthongs and variant sound to symbol relationships.
Your child will learn to understand explicitly stated facts in spoken language, as well as to implicitly understand and draw inferences from spoken passages that feature complicated syntax and advanced vocabulary.
- Spelling, Vocabulary & Semantic
Your child will learn to understand the meaning of word parts (morphology), individual words within the language (vocabulary) and that those words are arranged in phrases, sentences and discourse in meaningful ways. We promote new vocabulary retention and recall by first teaching common spelling patterns and phonetically-regular words, before moving on to more difficult, irregular words.
- Pronunciation, Speaking & Oral
Your child will learn to produce individual sounds and their combinations, first in isolation and then as part of communicative activities and oral presentations. Pronunciation development focuses on the production of native-like English rhythm, stress, and intonation.
Your child will learn to derive meaning from text. This involves all elements of the reading process working together as a text is read to create a representation of the text in your child’s mind. We use guided oral reading and story structure comprehension strategies to enhance student comprehension.
- Over 24 years, our students have frequently out performed other students in Cambridge University tests by 20% despite being up to 2 years younger than other candidates. In fact, in In recent years, an average of 90%+ of our Starters, Movers & Flyers students achieved 4+ shields across all three skill areas examined: reading & writing, listening and speaking.