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

$85 a week for 8 weeks. 15% Discount is given for payment in full. Meets two days 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 8 weeks. Prerequisite: Registration ($99).

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Small Group, Instensive Reading (Grades 1-8)

$85 a week for 8 weeks. 15% Discount is given for payment in full. Meets two days 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 8 weeks. Prerequisite: Registration ($99).

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Writing Workshop (Grades 1-8)

$85 a week for 8 weeks. 15% Discount is given for payment in full. Meets one day a week for 50 minutes.

Students are generally grouped by grade 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 8 weeks. Prerequisite: Registation ($99).

Literacy Assessments

Informal Assessment(K-8)

$149 (1 hour/1-2 sessions)

This foundational, informal assessment benefits families curious about their child’s reading growth. Any student who particpates in our reading program will need to register and be assessed for leveling purposes before registering for a session. Readers will not need to complete another evaluation unless more than 9 months have passed since their final session.

The “comprehensive Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems assists in determining students’ independent and instructional reading levels according to the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Upon completion of the F & P assessment, the reading specialist is able to observe and quantify student reading behaviors, engage students in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling and make informed decisions that connect assessment to responsive teaching.” (Heinemann)

Comprehensive Diagnostic (K-8)

$649 (3-4 hours/2-3 sessions)

A trained reading specialist will provide no less than 4 formal and informal assessments over the course of 3-4 hours. Assessments chosen will be geared specifically to the needs of the student, to include but not limited to: GDRT-2, WTW, Interest Inventory, F & P, QRI, Fry, and DIBELS. Upon completion, parents or guardians will recieve a formal, comprehensive diagnostic report to include findings, strengths/weaknesses, and instructional recommendations.

PLEASE NOTE that we do NOT provide a legal document for use in court, or to prove that your child qualifies for special considerations at public school. If you are seeking professional advice for legal purposes, we recommend you hire a neuropsychologist. We are happy to be a part of your team to discover any roadblocks to becoming a confident reader and will assist you in advocating for your child’s needs at school.

Wilson Assessment

$699 (2-3 hours/2-3 sessions)

The Wilson Assessment is a curriculum-based measure that specifically assesses a student’s decoding and encoding (spelling) skills correlated to the word structures taught in Wilson Reading System®.

This important assessment can determine where a student’s strengths and weaknesses lie in decoding and encoding. All students who are suspected of a specific learning disability would benefit from the information found in this assessment.

A reading specialist trained in the Orton-Gillingham instructional assesment methods will provide testing and a formal report with educational recommendations. Required for all readers intersted in participating in the Wilson Reading Program.

Specialized Instruction

Wilson Reading System (Grades 2-8+)

$130 a week for 12 weeks (15% discount will be given for payment in full)

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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