Shore with Blue Sea
Eleanor Harris (American, 1901-1942)
Our small group, individualized eduction program is offered Full time from 9:00-3:00 five days a week. Families have the option to choose a half-day schedule or attend on select days. These students may be taught at home or attend other programs. Our Curriculum is pulled from multiple sources, including the state standards, and subjects are taught utilizing a variety of modalities so that students are hearing, seeing, making, moving, writing, and expressing as the explore. We are interested in solving problems, thinking critically, and applying knowledge functionally. We use the science of behavior to make adjustments to out teaching to ensure that students are making on-going progress with their goals.
The morning sessions focus on academic subjects interspersed with breaks and time outside. We do out lunch together, build leisure and social skills and reserve 15 minutes for an electronic break time. Each afternoon there is a two-hour activity program time, including fitness, art, technology, and foreign language. Work times are approximately 20-30 minutes long. Science and social studies may be longer and involve investigations and learning the context in which these subjects apply to our lives. specific curriculum focus for age groups include the following.
Elementary and Middle school:
For elementary and middle school students we focus on fluency with basic math skills, functional applications (money, measurement, and time), comprehension and problem solving. We use Eureka Math, Touch Math, Jump Math, Everyday Math, Wonderland, and Ready North Carolina Mathematics depending on the needs of each student. In English Language Arts with elementary students, we read chapter books as a group to increase interest in reading and listening comprehension. Individuals are instructed in reading skills using the corrective Reading program as well as DISTAR, Orton-Gillingham, and Success For All. With consultation from he speech and language therapist, we work with students to build reading fluency ( including decoding skills, sound provocation, intonation, and comprehension).
High School Students
For High School Students utilize a varsity of math curriculum depending on their levels. For some students, we are focused on comprehension of questions and word problems and practicing how to organize the computation. Fluency with money, measurement, and time are priority skills as they will be used throughout student’s lives. Some students already have high-level skills and we work to help them identify gaps and accept that there are always ways to expand our understanding.
For English language arts, students read classic novels, work on diagrams and visuals, engage in discussions and build grammar and word study skills. They Practice various writing formats daily, building from topics of preference and expanding into less comfortable themes. Typing and computer skills are a writing focus for most students and typing is an option for all written work.