Hillside provides daily skills practice in phonological awareness, decoding, spelling and fluency using strategies from a variety of evidence-based teaching methodologies, including Orton-Gillingham, to best meet the learning needs of each student.
Comprehension and Composition
The application of literacy skills is developed through vocabulary instruction, examining text structure, and oral and written language activities. By linking reading comprehension and written composition, students deepen their understanding of written language.
Multisensory instruction aligns with the Common Core standards as appropriate for each student. An individualized plan is developed with primary goals of building foundational skills and ensuring mastery of concepts.
Learning and the Brain
Students learn about how the brain takes in, stores, and retrieves information. This includes instruction about the stress response, how it impacts learning, and strategies to reduce anxiety and be ready to learn.