TESTED LEARNING STRATEGIES THAT JUST MAKE SENSE:
The Learning Center provides a unique and essential service to children with language-based learning differences by offering an alternative to traditional classrooms. By creating a teaching environment that eliminates the major obstacles to learning, students are able to close the gap between achievement and their potential. Teacher-student ratios of 1:4 allow for individualized instruction in the core areas of the greatest need. In addition, because it is a “school within a school,” The Learning Center students are an integral part of the overall fabric of the greater Lexington School community, integrated with all TLS students in “Specials” classes, lunch and recess, all performances and school events, and athletics.
The Learning Center offers a learning environment that is built on trust and acceptance. We teach skills in their smallest components, and through much repetition, help students master each skill before progressing to a higher level. Basic skills are taught through visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic methods based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. Our Language Tutorial class is comprised of five to six short segments, enabling students with short attention spans to stay focused on the immediate task. Vocabulary and an understanding of the printed words are the focus of Reading Comprehension. Multisensory strategies and an emphasis upon the foundation skills enable students to reach their potential in Math. Content areas such as science and social studies are taught through the development of creative hands-on projects. Computer skills are taught as a tool to foster independence, and application of these skills is utilized in most subject areas. Students’ individual gifts and interests are explored through the Talents Classes of their choice. “Specials” such as PE, Art, and Music are also a regular part of the school day and are integrated beyond The Learning Center classroom.