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At Starfish Holistic Learning, we understand that every child is unique, which is why we don't rely on a one-size-fits-all curriculum. Over the years, we have dedicated ourselves to exploring and evaluating various curriculums to handpick evidence-based and standard-aligned materials that have proven to be effective. We prioritize the power of play and believe that learning should be an engaging and enjoyable experience. That's why we incorporate STEM activities and art into our approach.
When it comes to tutoring sessions, we customize the resources used based on the individual needs and learning style of each child. We recognize that different children thrive with different teaching methods, so we adapt and tailor our approach accordingly. By embracing this flexible and personalized approach, we aim to provide the most effective and engaging learning experience for every student in our microschool.
Orton Gillingham (OG) is an educational approach, rather than a curriculum, designed to teach the structure and code of the English language. Rooted in a philosophy that dates back to the 1930s, this approach encompasses a progression from phonological awareness and pre-reading skills to advanced language structure. Orton Gillingham aligns with the principles of Structured Literacy, providing a comprehensive foundation for effective language instruction.
The Orton-Gillingham approach is suitable for all ages and skill levels, empowering students to comprehend English by grasping its underlying principles rather than relying on memorization. Through step-by-step instruction integrating tactile, visual, and auditory elements, students develop essential decoding abilities. This approach establishes a strong foundation for comprehensive literacy skills, including reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary. By equipping students with the necessary tools and instilling confidence, it paves the way for classroom success.
Project-based learning (PBL) offers numerous benefits for school-aged children. PBL actively engages students, fostering motivation and deeper understanding. It promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills. Collaboration in PBL enhances teamwork, communication, and empathy. PBL encourages creativity, allowing students to think innovatively and express themselves artistically. By connecting classroom learning to the real world, students develop a sense of purpose and relevance. PBL empowers students to take ownership of their education, cultivating self-direction and time management skills. It also leads to increased retention and a deeper understanding of the subject matter. With project-based learning, Starfish Holistic Learning provides an engaging and comprehensive educational approach that prepares students for success in academics and beyond.
At Starfish Holistic Learning we embrace differentiated learning, providing an individualized curriculum that caters to the unique needs of each student. Through personalized instruction, tailored teaching strategies, and materials, we create an engaging and effective educational experience. Students benefit from instruction that aligns with their abilities and learning preferences, fostering higher levels of engagement and motivation. Our approach ensures an optimal level of challenge, providing additional support for struggling students while offering enrichment opportunities for gifted and high-achieving students. By accommodating diverse needs and learning styles, we cultivate an inclusive learning environment where every student feels valued and respected. Through individualized curriculum and differentiated learning, students experience personal growth, building self-esteem and confidence. They acquire vital skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and self-advocacy, preparing them for success in real-world scenarios. We prioritize personalized education that empowers each student to thrive and reach their full potential.
Kinesthetic learning, also known as hands-on learning, offers several benefits for school-aged children. By actively engaging children through physical movement and interactive experiences, kinesthetic learning enhances their overall engagement, attention, and focus. It improves retention and understanding as children reinforce their knowledge through tactile experiences. The multi-sensory nature of kinesthetic learning stimulates different parts of the brain, leading to a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Through hands-on activities, children develop problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creativity. Kinesthetic learning also contributes to the development of motor skills, coordination, and physical dexterity. It increases children's motivation and enjoyment of the learning process by creating a dynamic and interactive environment. Moreover, kinesthetic learning accommodates different learning styles, promoting inclusivity in the classroom. By integrating kinesthetic learning strategies into our curriculum, Starfish Holistic Learning provides an engaging and effective educational experience that fosters deep learning, active participation, and a positive attitude towards education.