The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond (DSAGR) is proud to announce that our first year as an affiliate partner of the Learning Program was an overwhelming success!
The Learning Program provides direct monthly instruction in literacy, math, fine motor skills, and language for both child and parent. Children will receive hands-on learning in centers that focus on literacy (sight word reading), math, fine motor/handwriting and enhanced literacy/memory/language in a classroom setting led by a qualified teacher and occupational therapist with volunteers to maintain a low teacher to student ratio.
DSAGR will offer two classes this year, with a maximum of 12 child participants in each class:
Level 1 is for families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 4-7, or pre-K to 1st grade, who are at a minimum, beginning to show an interest in letters and numbers and can attend to an activity for 5-10 minutes. Students entering this class should be able to match picture to picture and understand at least 50 words. The parent workshops will cover topics such as Myth Busters (Teaching Children with Down Syndrome), Introduction to Literacy, Introduction to Numbers, How to Create an Effective Learning Session, Letters & Letter Sounds, Memory & Educational Options.
Level 2 is for returning Level 1 families or families new to the program with a child approximately between the ages of 6-9, or 1st to 3rd grade, depending on skill level. Level 2 builds on skills acquired in Level 1 and students entering this class should have a solid foundation of Level 1 skills. They should have a bank of sight words as we will be working with predictable text such as carrier phrases and sentences with familiar pattern and repetition. Students will be developing beginning text-based comprehension skills such as understanding new vocabulary and recalling what they have just read. On the numeracy front, students should already have a familiarity with numbers as we’ll be introducing arithmetic operations and the concept of time. The parent workshops will cover topics such as Accessing the Curriculum, Building a Better Reader, Spelling, Beginning Addition, Beginning Subtraction, The Clock & Calendar and Fostering Independence.
Parents will receive instruction in a separate ‘parent only’ class (held at the same time as the children’s class) on how to continue this education at home and in other settings. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to learn skills at the same time to enhance learning environments at home and school!
We will have 8 Learning Program sessions on Saturdays from 9:30am to 11:00am at River Road Baptist Church from September through May (not including December). The cost of all 8 sessions is $200 which is merely $25 per class, very inexpensive considering the level of learning and that private therapy/tutoring can be as much as $100 per hour.
Spaces are limited so if you are interested in a ‘spot’ for your child, sign up now!!!
Questions? Contact Kim Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org