Recipe for Reading/Orton-Gillingham Methodology
Recipe for Reading is a research-based, comprehensive, multisensory, phonics-based reading program that is designed for beginning readers in Pre-K- 3rd grade. Recipe for Reading incorporates visual, auditory, and kinesthetic techniques (Orton-Gillingham methodology) to teach and reinforce phonetic concepts. Letter sounds are introduced in a systematic approach beginning in our youngest class at 2 1/2 years-old.
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Heggerty Phonemic Awareness
The journey to reading is made complete with our 2021 addition of Heggerty Phonemic Awareness to our center. Phonemic awareness is the ability to understand that spoken words are made up of individual sounds called phonemes. Failing to provide explicit phonemic awareness instruction leads to many students lacking the understanding that words are made up of individual sounds. Children need solid phonemic awareness training for phonics instruction to be effective.
This curriculum is comprehensive, creative and inviting developmentally appropriate preschool curriculum designed to build skills and facilitate optimum learning experiences, while enhancing self-concept and preparing children for future educational success. Learning Foundations is used for our 2 1/2 and 3 year-old classes.
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This math program introduces the most basic math skills through a variety of hands-on activities. Sorting, patterning, counting, and number recognition will be emphasized through small and large-group lessons. Saxon Math is used in our 3 year-old classes.
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In our Pre-K math program, Everyday Mathematics, your child will learn more about mathematical concepts through daily activities incorporated in the routines of the classroom. This program uses games, small-group activities, manipulatives, and fun music to teach math-readiness skills. Everyday Math is a comprehensive Pre-K through 6th grade mathematics curriculum developed published by Wright Group/McGraw-Hill. Everyday Mathematics is used in our Pre-K 4 year-old classes.
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Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears, uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound instructional methods to teach handwriting to all students. Through songs, hands-on materials, and developmentally-appropriate instruction, children develop a strong foundation. We have seen the success of this program in our classes as we watch children erase bad habits and develop a confidence in handwriting. This curriculum is introduced on a basic level in our 3 year-old classes and used full utilized in our Pre-K 4 year-old classes.
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Kindergarten Readiness Skills
In addition to our handwriting and math programs, Our Pre-K classes focus on specific Kindergarten-Readiness skills each month. Some of these include knowing address, phone number, and complete birthdate. These skills are taken from the Kindergarten Readiness checklist given by some of our local school systems and help guide us in planning our instruction of your child.
The Hawaii Early Learning Profile (H.E.L.P.)
A curriculum-based assessment tool that provides guidelines of developmentally appropriate skills for ages up to 6 years old. The HELP is utilized as a guideline for planning activities. All of the teachers at North Hills use The Help as a guide for lesson planning.
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