At The Quaker School, we use the latest findings from educational research to guide our curriculum and nurture our students’ inherent curiosity and desire to learn.
Our expert faculty compassionately delivers each program in our safe school learning environment, working with each child to achieve meaningful personal, social and academic success.
TQS programs are built on the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship. The curriculum incorporates:
- Social Thinking®
- Zones of Regulation®
- Wilson Reading System®
- Words Their Way™: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary and Spelling Instruction
- Edmark Reading Program
- Eureka Math
- On Cloud Nine® Visualizing and Verbalizing®
- Step Up to Writing®
- Executive Functioning
Social Thinking is a program by Michelle Garcia Winner that helps all students improve their social skills and learn strategies for better self-regulation. The program helps students:
- Connect their thinking to their personal self-monitoring and self-control systems
- Become more mindful of how their actions impact others
- Improve self-regulation
- Understand how they think and feel
- Consider the thoughts and feelings of others
The Wilson Reading System (WRS) teaches the structure of the English language. Through the program, students master fluent decoding and encoding skills and receive instruction in:
- Phonemic awareness
- Decoding and word study
- Sight word recognition
- Oral expressive language development
- General knowledge of English spelling
- How to actively explore and examine words
- How to understand spelling generalizations, not just spelling rules
- The spelling and meaning of specific words
This program uses a method of sequenced, repetitive word recognition with errorless learning to help students think of themselves as readers. It incorporates oral and sight word vocabulary, social skills enrichment, positive reinforcement and more to help children learn:
- Comprehension of words, phrases and stories
- Visual memory of words
- Left-to-right reading/tracking
- Thinking and discrimination skills
- Association between oral language and print
When students who have math learning problems first develop a concrete understanding of a math concept/skill, they are more likely to perform that math skill and understand math concepts at the abstract level.
TQS has embedded this methodology in its math instruction. Eureka Math is a curriculum that embodies a “C-R-A” teaching approach, which creates meaningful connections between Concrete, Representational and Abstract levels of thinking and understanding.
- Concrete (chips, unifix cubes, base ten blocks, beans and bean sticks, pattern blocks)
- Representational (tallies, dots, circles, stamps that imprint pictures for counting)
- Abstract (using only numbers and mathematical symbols)
TQS students receive direct instruction in Executive Functioning on a daily basis. The program is called SMARTS, which stands for Strategies, Motivation, Awareness, Resilience, Talents and Success.SMARTS helps students understand their strengths and weaknesses, organize complex information, think with flexibility, set goals, use working memory, and self-monitor. Students are more eager to learn and make an effort to use their new strategies at school and at home. They also better understand how they learn, and how others learn.
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