Learning Support

The staff of Good Shepherd School is committed to helping each child to be as successful as possible.

Learning Lab

Students in kindergarten who need extra support in reading work with the Learning Specialist using the Sonday System Let’s PlayLearn curriculum. This curriculum is a structured, systematic, multisensory practice that focuses on alphabet letter names, letter sounds, and letter formation as well as numbers, counting, shapes, and colors. Each lesson uses Orton-Gillingham methods.

Students in first and second grade who need extra support in reading work with the Learning Specialist using the Sonday System 1 curriculum. This curriculum is a structured, systematic, multisensory practice that focuses on phonics, compound words, and the rules of language. Each lesson uses Orton-Gillingham Methods.

Students in grades 3-6 who need extra reading support work with the Learning Specialist on a variety of skills such as prefixes, suffixes, syllable division, determining cause and effect, finding the main idea and supporting details, and comparing and contrasting characters and events.

Students in grades 3-6 working on prefixes, suffixes, and syllable division use the Sonday System 2 curriculum. This curriculum is a structured, systematic, multisensory practice that uses Orton-Gillingham methods in every lesson.

Students in grades 3-6 working on cause and effect, main idea and details, and comparing and contrasting read stories and use graphic organizers to practice these skills.

Resources

Teachers work with parents, special education staff from Hopkins Public Schools, and the Learning Specialist to help students with special needs.

A school psychologist is available to evaluate students’ needs and to work with students and/or parents.

We also have a part-time school counselor who works with individual students and small groups of students to help them to learn social skills.

Tutoring

Tutoring sessions for your child are available throughout the school year and in the summer.