Differentiated classroom instruction means we tailor instruction to meet the individual needs of each student. Our classrooms are made up of three grade levels which allows students to have a three year cycle with their teacher. This type of environment allows the teachers to become familiar with their students so they may tailor the content, process, or the learning environment for each student. Students can work on a rug, with a clipboard, at a desk or even utilize one of our rocker chairs.
"Brain Gym" is a strengthening tool we do every morning. It is a series of simple exercises which help the left and right brain work together. Pivotal for students with Dyslexia.
For reading we have implemented special reading techniques and have seen significant improvements within three months. These techniques increase reading for everyone.
We are incorporating writing throughout the day with our Daily Writing Prompt, projects, student stories and research papers.
Homework / Projects / Grading & Assessing
Research has shown that homework does not increase achievement in any significant way and in many situations decreases it. It also causes anxiety in students and disrupts home life. Therefore, homework will be very minimal if any to students in grades K-5. Students in grades 6-12 will have a few a math problems and will work on their research papers. We will send work home that they have not completed in class during the day so they stay caught up in the classroom. We do encourage students to read each night at home.
Projects will be completed in school. Students will work individually or in groups on projects that include researching, writing, and making displays.
Letter grades will be assigned for high school credits - grades 9-12.
Students are assessed on the work they complete at school through observation, questions and teacher assessments.
Annual Assessment - We are required by the Florida Department of Education to complete an annual assessment which is done in the spring.
During Social Studies we are incorporating hands-on activities whether it be creating, coloring or identifying items on maps or creating a historical piece of art to display .
Students will cook in our working kitchen once a week. They will help plan the menu and calculate the amount necessary to make the meal.
We also include keyboarding and other computer skills in the curriculum.
We will be teaching the students how to sew.
Students will choose a career and learn how to pay monthly bills based on the current average salary.
Students will shop in our on-site grocery store and learn how to eat a well balanced meal on a budget.
Students will learn Life Skills.
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