The English Language Instruction program at Einstein Academy follows the South Carolina State Standards, providing instruction in grammar, spelling, literature and writing. Students succeed through the use of multi-sensory instructional techniques such as Orton-Gillingham teaching methods, graphic organizers such as Thinking Maps, and project-based assessment tools in addition to more traditional assessment measures.
Einstein Academy strives to give each student the appropriate level of scaffolding to improve his or her ability to be an effective reader and writer. ELA teachers at each grade level use multi-sensory techniques to teach the hierarchy of spelling patterns.
After a successful pilot program, the Sonday System, an offshoot of the Orton-Gillingham approach, will be used in all classrooms this year.
Students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia or who demonstrate other reading disabilities, may be referred for tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham approach.
The Orton-Gillingham Approach
The Orton-Gillingham Approach has been rightfully described as language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive, and flexible.
The Sonday System
The Sonday System is an Orton-Gillingham based instructional approach which is differentiated and has a structured sequential lesson format suitable for classroom settings. It focuses specifically on improving reading, writing, and spelling skills. The instruction is provided in a 35-minute, small group lesson, two or more times per week. It is flexible and also comprehensive, using multi-sensory methods to instruct, guide and enhance both beginning and intermediate reading. Expected outcomes include student skill growth in phonological and phonemic awareness, sight word automaticity, reading fluency, writing fluency, vocabulary development, spelling, and reading comprehension.