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The reading curriculum at The Craig School is based on the Orton-Gillingham Approach. It is most properly understood and practiced as an approach, not a method, program, system, or technique. In the hands of a well-trained and experienced instructor, it is a powerful tool of exceptional breadth, depth, and flexibility.

The reading curriculum is individualized to meet each student’s needs and follows the logical order of language. It is based on concepts previously learned which are taught in a deliberate and direct manner with continuous student-teacher interaction. Instruction is based on on-going formal and informal assessment, moving the student to mastery, that is, reading with automaticity, fluency, understanding and with expression.

The reading curriculum may be described under the larger curricular umbrella of Structured Literacy which prepares students to decode words in explicit and systematic ways through the following concepts:

    • Phonology, the study of the sound structure of spoken words,
    • Sound-Symbol Association or phonics, students learn to map the phonemes to symbols or printed letters,
    • Syllable Instruction, the teaching of the six basic syllable types in the English language,
    • Morphology, the study of base words, roots, prefixes, and suffixes.
    • Syntax, a set of principles dictating the sequence and function of words in a sentence in order to convey meaning and includes grammar, sentence variation, and the mechanics of language, and
    • Semantics, the comprehension of written language.

In addition to Orton-Gillingham Approach, the language arts and reading curricula uses Project Read Written Expression, Project Read Phonology, Project Read Linguistics, Wilson Reading System, Benchmark Word Identification, Lexia Phonics, Reading S.O.S., Lindamood Phonemic Sequencing (LiPS), Read Naturally, Great Leaps, Project Read Story Form, Project Read Report Form, Visualizing & Verbalizing, Note and Notice, Morphology, and Assistive Technology and educational software such as Read & Write, Learning Ally, Kami, and IXL.

The Craig School math curriculum is rooted in multi-sensory learning, using sequential and direct instruction. In 6th grade, the Big Ideas Math curriculum balances conceptual understanding with procedural fluency and is a research-based, rigorous, focused, and coherent curriculum which emphasizes both direct instruction and discovery learning. Students in 7th and 8th grades use Pre-Algebra and Algebra textbooks to supplement resource worksheets. Critical, logical and analytical reasoning is emphasized to prepare students for more advanced, high-level math in high school. The curriculum is complemented with project-based, hands-on, and multisensory learning activities.

Stem Lab at The Craig School is a student-driven and student-centered, project and maker space that inspires the love of learning science among students. Students create, collaborate, and think critically about the problems facing the community and the world at large by providing opportunities for innovation and creativity, design process, and solutions-minded thinking.

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