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Kindergarten – First Grade Program
Because Learning Should Be As Easy As ABC
For over 35 years, Riverside School provided children in grades 1-8 with dyslexia the opportunity to achieve the language skills necessary to achieve their highest potential. In 2010, responding to the latest research favoring a preventative model of intervention over a remedial model, Riverside School has expanded its program to include pre-readers at the Kindergarten level.
Our K-1 Program is designed especially for young students who have either been diagnosed with dyslexia or have been determined to be at-risk for having a language-based learning difficulty that could benefit from the multi-sensory instruction provided by the Riverside School curriculum. Early learners will gain basic skills that help build a strong foundation for later learning. Using the Orton-Gillingham Approach, teachers give children who might otherwise be frustrated or overwhelmed in a traditional setting a chance to love school and believe in their abilities.
Research increasingly shows that children who struggle with language and writing become discouraged about their abilities and lose self-confidence. The longer they experience difficulty and frustration, the longer it takes to become successful. Riverside’s K-1 Program builds foundational skills in a supportive, emotionally-sound environment. Students receive a program that addresses the whole child:
- Nurturing and family-like environment
- Class size limited to 10 students with two Orton-Gillingham trained teachers
- Addresses social, physical, and educational needs
- Personalized, individualized, multisensory, systematic, sequential, cumulative instruction that follows the Orton-Gillingham Approach
- Positive social interaction through play, group activities, and social skills instruction
- Support for speech, language, sensory integration, and motor skills
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- One-on-One Language Fundamentals instruction 30 minutes a day, four times a week
While focusing on language skills and learning how to learn, Riverside School’s curriculum covers all of the core academic subjects and offers dynamic resource classes.
- Language Arts: Instruction in literature, vocabulary, oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, reading, handwriting, and writing.
- Mathematics: Introduces concepts related to numeracy, basic addition and subtraction, time, calendar, geometry, and money.
- Science/Social Studies: Follows and extends the Virginia SOLs for K-1 students. Emphasis is put on the language and critical thinking skills needed for these core subjects.
- Movement: Physical Education provides skill instruction for both traditional and nontraditional games and movements. Movement is also actively integrated into the educational content of the day.
- Learning Centers: Allow students to manipulate concepts and practice skills across the curriculum.
- Resource Classes: Weekly Expressive Art and Library are provided. Speech Therapy is also available if needed.
Curriculum for Riverside’s K-1 Classroom is specifically designed to remediate and teach skills that are problematic for students who are at risk for language-based difficulties.
- Spoken Language
- Following directions
- Asking and answering questions
- Summarizing ideas
- Retelling stories
- Thinking Skills
- Problem Solving
- Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
- Blending and segmenting sounds
- Adding and deleting sounds
- Letter and Sound-Symbol Awareness
- Letter identification
- Sound-symbol relationships
- Blending and segmenting for initial reading and writing
- Concepts of Print
- Concept of letters, words, and story
- One-to-one voice-print match for words
- Left-to-right directionality
- Sight Words
- Fine Motor Skills
- Hand strength and coordination
- Bilateral coordination
- Letter formation
- Social Skills
- Social language
- Being a good friend
- Understanding personal strengths and weaknesses
- Gross Motor Skills
- Body in space perception
- Motor planning