The reading program at Hillside is based on multisensory instruction. Children learn to read by a visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic approach. Phonics rules are integrated continually throughout the day as students read and write. Strategies are taught to the student individually and in small groups. Reading and spelling programs are research-based and individualized to meet the needs of each child. These programs include, but are not limited to, Project Read® and Benchmark Word Identification®, to teach fluency, comprehension skills, decoding skills, and vocabulary development.
The Hillside School uses Handwriting without Tears®, an occupational therapist developed method, to teach writing readiness, printing, and cursive writing.
The Writing Process
Writing is one of the most complex processes for children. Our students learn strategies by working in stages to produce written output. Long-term writing activities allow for spacing between stages with collaboration and monitoring by the teacher. Assistive technologies help students brainstorm ideas, organize thoughts, and produce written work.