Some of the worlds’ most revered innovators, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and entrepreneurs are dyslexic. Dyslexic learners are deeply intuitive,
visual-spatial thinkers and often possess significant strengths in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Multisensory Teaching Methods
Multisensory teaching techniques engage all the pathways of learning—visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic—and have been proven to greatly enhance receptiveness, working memory, and retention. At Rawson Saunders, multisensory instruction in all subjects, including our renowned, fully integrated ALT program for reading remediation, is what we do best. Multisensory strategies are not only essential for dyslexic students’ success in school, studies show that all children learn best from this type of instruction.
Our Singapore Math curriculum, used by the highest achieving math students in the world, is a mastery-based, hands-on program that incorporates engaging and practical strategies with systematic instruction to enable students to fully comprehend simple and complex math concepts while gaining an in-depth understanding of the language of numbers. Small class sizes allow students to progress as they master mathematical concepts. The child who excels in math has the opportunity to advance quickly while the child needing additional time or instruction will also receive the support they need to succeed. Through our highly specialized instructional program, our students achieve a level of mathematics competence and confidence to prepare them for the rigors of high school math coursework and beyond.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
STEM instruction is a challenging, engaging, hands-on experience for each child every day. By thoroughly exploring and examining how our world works through experiential learning, daily lab-work, engineering projects, NASA challenges, and field trips, our students develop strong observation and deductive reasoning skills and a thorough understanding of scientific concepts. Scientific principals in physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and earth science are studied and explored at every grade level and are applied in areas of project-based learning. Our STEM program teaches students to be knowledgeable, creative, and resourceful problem solvers.
The humanities, including language arts, writing, history, and social studies, are of paramount importance at Rawson Saunders. Through the study of the humanities, we help students connect to their world.
Language Arts instruction at Rawson Saunders engages students in reading, writing, speaking and listening through a variety of genres and learning opportunities. Through our Language Arts program, our students become skillful inferential thinkers and capable, confident writers. All Language Arts teachers collaborate with our Academic Language Therapists (ALTs) to ensure that students are appropriately challenged and supported. Students enjoy learning Greek and Latin roots through active, discovery-oriented lessons from the Living Latin curriculum. Lively discussions, projects, and writing assignments in response to a range of genres enhance students’ vocabulary and critical thinking skills while cultivating a personal appreciation of literature.
- Reading—Works of fiction and non-fiction enable students to engage with a great variety of genres. Both assigned and independent reading are completed with a focus on comprehension and literary analysis.
- Grammar—Grammar and sentence structure are taught using hands-on activities to enhance memory and understanding.
- Writing—Writing is taught as a process. Students learn paragraph development, sequencing, and editing skills and compose expository, persuasive, descriptive, and narrative essays as well as research reports and creative writing projects.
- Spelling—The Scientific Spelling program is used in the classroom and supported in students’ daily ALT sessions. Students learn to apply reliable patterns and rules of the English language.
- Vocabulary—Living Latin is Rawson Saunders’ hands-on, multi-sensory vocabulary program. Children discover meanings of word roots which give them a deeper understanding of language they can then apply to unfamiliar words. Cross-curricular vocabulary is emphasized.
Effective writing is as important to success as reading, and clear, well-reasoned, logically structured written communication is an essential skill. Our students have expansive minds and a lot to say! Through Language Arts, ALT, and the Writing Workshop, we push students to tap their creativity to become effective and articulate communicators as well as expressive and skillful writers.
Students develop a global understanding of the history and geography of our world through reading, research and oral and written reports. Learning about local, national, and world history through a multisensory approach allows for deep comprehension of the ways societies develop. A focus on understanding the many motivations behind historical and political actions allows for open discussion about world cultures and a respect for differences. Research projects and the creation of dynamic and diverse multi-media presentations are highlights. Through school trips and guest lecturers, students gain first-hand knowledge of our past and present, our government and country, and the world at large.