CCA will be using a multi-sensory, brain-based approach for teaching phonics, spelling, reading, handwriting, and grammar.
Our program is closely related to the Orton-Gillingham and Spalding Methods, which practitioners of these will quickly recognize. We will teach the 71 letter-sound (phonogram) combinations used in the English language, beginning with the easiest sight-to-sound correspondences, and working towards those that are most complex.
Syllabication is critical to a proper understanding of letter-sound relationships, so our program along with modifications from Access Literacy teaches syllabication from the beginning of kindergarten. We feel that this strong foundation of phonics will be beneficial for all students, especially ESE students and students receiving ELL services. Our chosen curriculum offers teachers a significant amount of supplemental materials to assist students who need additional or differentiated instruction.
Students will use our phonics program for learning spelling and vocabulary. This will also be used with our strong focus on handwriting, which will include cursive handwriting.
Our teachers will teach using multi-sensory instruction, which we believe addresses all "learning styles", regardless of whether a student has strengths in auditory, visual, verbal, or motor areas of the brain.
For the strong auditory learner, sounds must be articulated by teachers rather than presented only on visual worksheets. Voicing and writing strongly addresses kinesthetic aptitudes which may remain a weakness otherwise. As students grasp the basics of English literacy, our programs lay a foundation in basic grammar and composition.