Learning strategies curriculum, University of Kansas, USA:

These are a series of learning methods focusing on reading comprehension, reading fluency, fundamentals of written expression etc., which help children with Learning Disability cope with challenging mainstream curriculum.

Forgetting newly learnt lessons, making silly mistakes are not always signs of just laziness or bad behavior in a child. Your child is truly struggling to take in all the information contained in books and having to reproduce it (in class and exams). As a result, he exhibits his frustration and difficulty by disturbing others and/or preoccupying himself with easier things (TV, Video games etc). This does not mean that he doesn't have the intelligence to learn, just that there is possibly some disconnect in his capabilities that is responsible for the specific tasks such as reading/writing/memory.

Sending him to tuitions/making him spend extra time on the same lesson is not going to help!

Certified instructors at FiVE use the Learning Strategies Curriculum to approach learning in a manner that is easier and in tune with the child's learning style. The Learning Strategies Curriculum encompasses strategies for acquiring information from the printed word, for organizing and memorizing information, for solving math problems, and for expressing information in writing. The child's own curriculum content can be presented in an understandable and easy-to-learn manner.

Some of the strategies FiVE teaches children are:

. The Visual Imagery Strategy is a reading comprehension strategy for creating mental movies of narrative passages. The child visualizes the scene, characters, and action, and describes the scenes. This helps him to understand the concept better and make it more permanent in their long term memory store.
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The Word Identification Strategy provides an efficient way to help a challenged reader successfully decode and identify unknown words in his reading material. The strategy is based on the premise that most words in the English language can be pronounced by identifying prefixes, suffixes, and stems and by following three short syllabication rules.

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The Sentence Writing Strategy comprises two parts: Fundamentals in the Sentence Writing Strategy and Proficiency in the Sentence Writing Strategy. These strategies help the child build the idea, vocabulary and skill of writing from simple to complex sentences in simple steps that will equip him to use it anywhere he is expected to present ideas/answers in sentences.

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The Lesson Organizer Routine is used to introduce and structure a lesson for students. The routine helps students frame a lesson with the larger unit and the students' previous experiences and also help students focus on the types of content relationships that are important in the lesson. It can be used for a daily lesson or for a lesson that stretches over several days.

. The Concept Mastery Routine focuses on how the teacher can help students understand and master key concepts within curriculum content. The routine shows how to use a graphic to identify a target concept, place that concept within a larger framework, explore student prior knowledge of the concept, specify salient characteristics, analyze examples and construct a definition of the concept.

Program details : The sessions are 45 minutes, three times a week for a period of 6 months.