Educational Services for Middle School Age

Learning Strategy Instruction for children in grades 6, 7 & 8 is designed to develop more efficient study strategies to improve learning, homework completion and test-taking performance. The program teaches strategies that guide processing, support focus and attention as well as facilitate review.

Explicit strategies for vocabulary, reading, writing, spelling, grammar, mathematics, foreign language and are taught using direct instruction. The middle school class teaches a core of notetaking strategies that are clear,simple and easy to use.

The program is designed to empower the student in the learning process and includes 4 hours of instruction, and a manual. Templates are developed for use with other computer programs, such as Quizlet.

Vocabulary Development Program builds a stronger base of word knowledge, which is essential to understand language (written or oral) and to communicate with others. The increased time spent on “screens” can result in reduced exposure to a wide range of words. The program will increase vocabulary to support reading, writing and listening. The program can be monitored by a parent and includes 1/2 hour of instruction. Templates are devloped for use by other computer programs, such as Quizlet.

Writing Skills Program will develop stronger skills to enable middle schoolers to express their ideas in writing. The sessions will clearly identify the basic goals of writing and will include instruction in understanding the functions of basic grammar, Reverse Diagramming, Upgrade Proofing and Cloze writing activities. The program includes 3 one-hour sessions of instruction. Templates for use with other computer programs (such as Word) are developed.

Reverse Diagramming instruction is designed to improve reading fluency and written expression. In Reverse Diagramming, the student must organize sentences according to visual models called sentence grids. An initial training session is required and on-going monitoring is done by the parent or a tutor. The program includes the instruction and a manual.

Wordstorming is a user-friendly literacy program. Each lesson covers decoding, word attack/segmentation, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and reading fluency. An initial 2-3 hour training is required with one follow-up meeting to make sure the program is being implemented correctly. The program includes the instruction and the workbooks.

Individual sessions are available for parent consultation, self-monitoring instruction,time management and organization.

Get Organized!

Traditional tools (like calendars or agendas) may not provide sufficient structure or support for some students. This class teaches basic organizational strategies based on the concepts of advance organization, authentic visual support and external organization and involve each student in the planning to create individualized systems. The students learn to make:

Self-monitoring Agendas
Visual Calendars
Authentic Visual Supports
External Organization Systems
Notebooks with Windows

For more information or to schedule, call (804) 747-1883 or email

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