Direct Instruction and Reading Program
For 20 years, we have specialized in helping children boost their self-confidence and become skilled readers. Our certified and highly-trained teachers provide much more than reading tutoring in Toronto, they have assisted countless emergent readers reach their full potential.
We understand that all children have different learning styles, which is why we use individualized lessons and teaching strategies to help them achieve – and surpass – their grade level reading skills. Specifically, we use a Direct Instruction pedagogy and research-based programs.
This highly effective instructional approach involves teaching literacy skills through a strategic and systematic method until the student masters the concepts, moving up to and past grade-level expectations.
Please refer to the 1-to-1 Programming page for in-depth information about our 1-to-1 personalized teaching.
Reading Program Details
What Literacy Skills Are Taught?
AT RRLS, we focus on helping students:
- Strengthen phonological awareness: We use multi-sensory games and activities to promote an understanding of the sound structure of spoken words necessary for strong reading skills.
- Master phonemes and spelling patterns: We use structured programs to teach phonics, an essential part of decoding (sounding words out) and encoding (spelling unfamiliar words).
- Build reading fluency: Students to recognize high-frequency words and read with speed, accuracy, and expression.
- Improve reading comprehension: Higher-order thinking is promoted by helping students achieve a deeper understanding of the details of a text, along with the ability to make inferences and draw conclusions.
What Direct Instruction Programs Are Used?
RRLS uses research-based Direct Instruction programs modeled on the highly effective principles of the Orton-Gillingham Approach, including:
- Reading Mastery
- Wilson Reading System
Which Students Benefit Most?
Whether your child is an emergent or experienced reader, our trained teachers can support their needs. Our programs are particularly beneficial for students with:
- Weak phonological awareness
- Dyslexia or other language-based reading disabilities
- Non-verbal learning disabilities
- Other learning differences
- Enriched reading needs