Each year, children who struggle with reading attend Longleaf Academy’s intense 6-week summer program. In the Summer Academy program, children will acquire powerful word attack and spelling skills using the Orton-Gillingham approach. Students will also make gains in phonemic awareness, a necessary pre-requisite skill for the development of phonics and reading fluency. Reading research has determined that phonemic awareness promotes strong decoding and spelling skills.
Sessions are 90 minutes long and students meet in a 4:1 student/teacher ratio each Monday through Thursday for 6 weeks. Longleaf Academy offers our Summer Academy Programs in two locations: Southern Pines and Fayetteville. During these sessions, your child will engage in a lesson designed especially for them, based upon the child’s present level of reading performance. The secret to our success is our structured and sequential lesson plan that trains the “reading brain” in a whole to part/part to whole manner and engages the student’s cognitive skills. As always, instruction is administered from a highly trained Orton-Gillingham practitioner.
In addition to our intense and structured approach to reading remediation, students also develop necessary comprehension strategies so that connected text is understandable and not laborious. Helping students develop reading vocabulary is essential to understanding.Engaging the “reading brain”through the discovery of language and vocabulary, taps into the child’s curiosity to read. Because now, they can! Southern Pines Location at Episcopal Day School & Fayetteville Location at St. Patrick’s Catholic School
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