Friends Academy hosts courses on Orton-Gillingham Language Arts, and Math and Writing Maintenance Camps through our Summer Programs. Please contact Shelbi Randenberg, Director of Sally Borden Connect, for more information.

Orton-Gillingham Language Arts

June 24-August 2 | Mornings 9-12

Through this six-week course, students are exposed to systematic, phonetically based, multisensory instruction to facilitate decoding the English language. These techniques are scientifically proven to assist struggling learners to succeed with reading, writing, and spelling. The multisensory programs involve active participation in order to enhance learning and memory. To reinforce associations, these methods simultaneously engage the visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic senses. In addition to Orton-Gillingham instruction, students also receive support through the implementation of Read Naturally and Lexia, computer-based programs designed to target and enhance reading fluency, comprehension, and decoding. Multiple classes will be run to accommodate different grades and reading levels. August 2 is reserved for optional conferences to discuss student progress. The course can be easily combined with any of Friends Academy’s afternoon offerings.

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether Orton-Gillingham is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

Cost: $2,540/6 weeks

The Summer Math and Writing Maintenance Course

Dates TBD | Mornings 9-12

The Summer Math and Writing Maintenance course is designed to specifically address the needs of middle school students with Language-Based Learning Differences and/or Dyscalculia. The highly structured and supportive environment of this class will allow students to review previously learned skills and frontload new strategies for math and writing prior to entering school in the fall.

Essential Math Skills

The math portion of the class offers each student an opportunity to re-examine and incorporate essential math skills needed to take on math in the upcoming school year. Informal diagnostic testing, weekly assessments, and daily warm-up exercises will be utilized to gauge individual student progress. Students will review the following skill areas:

  • Basic operations, including PEMDAS (Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition and Subtraction)
  • Conversion of fractions and decimals
  • Understanding percent notation and learning to express a part of a whole as a fraction or percent
  • Problem solving, including picture drawing strategies and understanding the language of word problems
  • Integers (Performing basic operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
  • Evaluating Variable Expressions (variables, expressions, equations)
  • Introduction to Solving One-Step Equations

Essential Writing Skills

The Writing Skills Maintenance course is designed to improve students’ sentence structure and the organization of their compositions. Students are assigned a variety of writing tasks to improve their writing stamina, confidence, and executive functioning skills. Since writing about reading is an essential skill in middle school and beyond, short films and a class read aloud provide students with opportunities to practice demonstrating their comprehension through discussion and writing assignments. Specific areas of instruction may include the following topics:

  • Sentence expansion techniques
  • Summary writing
  • Essay responses
  • Thesis development
  • Proofreading and editing skills
  • Narrative writing
  • Writing about Reading

It is important that we ensure your child receives the best support that they need. Therefore, we screen whether this camp is the best fit for them. If you think this camp is right for your child, please start by completing this form.

Cost: TBD

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