and Maths Tuition
The Learning Key practice is based on the Orton-Gillingham and Slingerland Approaches, highly successful and established methods of teaching children with learning differences supported by years of independent research.
Pupils receive highly structured, sequential, multisensory lessons, designed to teach students the integrated skills of speaking, reading, writing, and spelling. Multisensory tutorials engage the auditory, visual, and kinesthetic motor channels. Utilizing a phonemic approach, starting with the smallest unit of sound, sight and feel – a single letter. From single letters students are taught how to associate sounds with their visual counterparts and blend those letters to read words (decoding) and spell words (encoding).
As language skills develop students begin to write phrases, sentences, and paragraphs. Suffixes, prefixes, and phonetic rules are taught to further language development and understanding.
Reading skills and fluency are developed through a structured preparation for reading, based on the way children develop language skills. Selected phrases and sometimes words are chosen from a text and used to introduce new vocabulary, build prerequisite background knowledge, and clarify concepts while the students are practicing repeated and fluent reading. Reading is structured to help the student develop increased fluency – speed, accuracy, and proper expression – and improved comprehension.
Assessments are based on Slingerland Screening Test for Identifying Children with Specific Language Disabilities. Tests are based on year level. The assessments are used to identify children with language difficulties and help to focus on specific areas of need. Evaluations are used to guide specific teaching for the individual child.
The screening is designed to pick up learning needs; it does not provide diagnosis of a specific language disability.
The foundation for success in maths is built on number sense and mastery of the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As with language, some students need a specific approach to learn, recall and master this essential knowledge. Too often students who don’t succeed in maths struggle with working memory, processing or other issues and can develop an “I can’t do maths.” mindset. Which, once in place can be difficult to overcome.
The Learning Key uses an approach, Making Math Real, that has been designed specifically for students who struggle with maths. It is a structured, multi-sensory approach that helps students develop numeracy skills and learn, retain, access and apply maths facts. This knowledge is then applied to solve more complex maths problems in a systematic approach. Making Math Real is an effective tool in classroom, small group and one to one settings.