Language / Reading
In second through fifth grade, we use Take Flight for students diagnosed with dyslexia and/or a specific learning disability in reading. Additionally, some children may benefit from Take Flight instruction if reading weaknesses are identified and a therapeutic approach is recommended. Take Flight instruction is provided by a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT). Students not requiring a reading remediation program, attend a FLEX period where the student engages in sustained silent reading and takes Accelerated Reader (AR) comprehension quizzes to reach their AR point goal for the trimester. Students may also be seen for group speech/language services, private tutoring or therapy, math practice or reading fluency practice during this FLEX hour.
All Heritage students have a reading class and a language class. The reading period encompasses direct instruction to enhance reading comprehension and novel study coding of story elements as well as annotation. Higher level critical thinking skills are directly taught to enhance the students’ metacognitive skills. During the language period, students receive direct instruction in spelling, grammar and the writing process. Our teachers engage in multi-sensory best practices to ensure each child is taught through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic methods of instruction.
Heritage utilizes Saxon Math for instruction in first through fifth grade as a foundational math program. Saxon implements a spiraled approach to learning, which consistently reviews learned skills in order to achieve mastery. The program aims for mastery and automaticity at the end of each term. Consistent, ongoing review of skills in real-world contexts proves to be the most effective way to build mathematical understanding and fluency.
Either Prentice Hall or TransMath curriculum is utilized with students in sixth through eighth grade. The Prentice-Hall mathematics series is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of math through an emphasis on thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. At Heritage, TransMath is an alternative for middle school students needing comprehensive math intervention to strengthen the foundational skills necessary for entry into algebra. Students with a dyscalculia diagnosis and/or a specific learning disability in math, may benefit from the TransMath series.
Additionally, manipulatives, visual tools, technology resources, and supplemental curriculum are utilized to reinforce learned skills. Some of these methods include Marcy Cook Math activities for concept review, Creative Mathematics Games and Resources, and Hands-On Equations. The combination of these methods of instruction and assessment provide a well-rounded, and challenging math experience for the students.