Literacy Services

We offer a range of services to help you achieve the results you’re after. Whether your child is struggling in school, is excelling and would benefit from supplementation, is disengaged in reading and/or writing, struggles with spelling or writer’s block, or you just want to gain a more comprehensive look at your child as a learner, we have the program for you! Not sure what you need, or what it costs? Take a look below and if you would like to speak with a reading specialist, please reach out with your questions!

To begin, all families seeking literacy instruction must have an Informal Assessment (F & P Assessment and writing assessment). This assessment will take place during a registration meeting. After the assessment, families will receive an infomal report and recommendations for instruction. If families choose to begin instruction, they will recieve a post-assessment upon completion of a session. Children can move into subsequent sessions without being assessed again. Students will only need to complete a new informal assessment if they’ve been out of lab provided, specialized instruction for 9 months or more.

Small-Group Literacy Instruction

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Pre-K & Kindergarten

$499 a week for 6 weeks. $100 Discount given to summer participants. Meets twice a week for 25 minutes.

Our reading readiness groups explore and reinforce emerging reading skills. A reading specialist meets with groups no larger than 4 to explore book handling, storytelling skills, vocabulary, and phonological awareness skills (letter/sound relationship). Research shows that meeting for 25 minutes, twice a week for instructional read alouds will grow early literacy skills. All registered students will be informally assessed and placed appropriately. All sessions will meet twice a week for a total of 6 weeks. Prerequisite: Registration ($99).

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Small Group, Instensive Reading (Grades 1-8)

$499 a week for 6 weeks. $100 Discount given to summer participants. Meets twice a week for 25 minutes.

Guided reading is part of a balanced literacy approach to reading instruction.  Research has shown statistically significant effects on reading comprehension when implemented regularly. After the assessment, a reading specialist will place students with similar reading abilities into small groups, no more than five, and use research-based strategies to teach reading skills. Chosen texts will be at or slightly above students’ independent reading levels. Informal assessment will take place throughout the session and students may be moved due to growth. All registered students will be informally assessed and placed appropriately. All sessions will meet twice a week for 25 minutes for 6 weeks. Prerequisite: Registration ($99).

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Writing Workshop (Grades 4-8)

$339 for 4 weeks. Meets once a week for 50 minutes.

Students are generally grouped by grade/skill level and benefit from direct instruction (controlled and guided) of narrative, expository, descriptive, and persuasive writing. Specialists provide direct instruction inspired by state-mandated standards. Writing workshops complement school curriculums and grow/solidify the skills of early, intermediate, and expert writers. All registered students will be informally assessed for reading and writing. Please bring writing sample if available. All sessions will meet once a week for 50 minutes for 4 weeks. NO Prerequisite

Specialized Instruction

Wilson Reading System & Private Instruction (Grades 2-8+)

$130 a week (12 weeks)

Wilson Reading Program is a structured literacy program based on phonological-coding research and Orton-Gillingham principles. WRS directly and systematically teaches the structure of the English language. Students with various specific learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other processing issues will benefit greatly from this structured approach. Up to 4 students per leveled group. While all students will benefit from the WRS systematic approach, if you suspect that your child is working too hard to read and/or write, please speak to a specialist about how the WRS can help. All WRS sessions will meet twice a week for 45 minutes for a minimum of 12 weeks. Please note: many students struggling with specific learning disabilities may need to participate in the program for 2 years in order to move through the entire program. Prerequisite: WADE assessment or previous educational testing with report

College Essay Writing Workshop (Grades 11-12)

$450 for 4 week session

The college application process can be a very stressful time in a teenager’s life. While test scores were once the deciding factor for many admission offers, the personal essay is a critical component of the application. Test scores and GPAs may show potential, but the essay shows personality and character. Our college essay writing workshop will guide students in writing a powerful essay that will help them stand out in the stack. Melody has many years of experience assisting students in receiving acceptance to their dream schools like Purdue, MIT, University of Maryland, Cornell, RIT and Virginia Tech. Upon completing one workshop, every student will have the skills to write the perfect essay for any prompt. The college essay writing workshop will meet once a week for 50 minutes for 4 weeks. Prerequisite: One college essay prompt in hand.

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