“As soon as a redwood is cut down or burned, it sends up a crowd of eager, hopeful shoots, which, if allowed to grow, would in a few decades attain a height of a hundred feet, and the strongest of them would finally become giants as great as the original tree.”
- John Muir
All potential and incoming students at Redwood begin with an individual consultation. The purpose of this initial visit is to help assess literacy skills, understand a given diagnosis and/or think through the best intervention options. The initial consultation costs $150.
Recent studies now indicate that nearly 1 in 5 individuals struggle with dyslexia.
According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is “a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.”
We are certified Dyslexia Practitioners and Wilson Teachers who have experience supporting learners with varying age-ranges, ability-levels and backgrounds.
We implement research-based methods and provide individualized instruction to build phonemic awareness, automatic word recognition, fluency, comprehension, reading stamina, spelling accuracy, and confidence for learners of all ages.
To learn more about what Dyslexia is, please see The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity.
For more information on the Wilson method, please see Wilson Reading System.
Success in school is not only about the intellectual comprehension needed to complete academic work. Thriving students require skills like self-regulation and working memory to manage their time effectively, stay organized, break large assignments into feasible chunks, fight anxiety around deadlines, and find individualized systems that work well with their learning style and personality. These are referred to as executive functioning skills, and serve learners not only in their education, but throughout the rest of their lives.
We offer individualized executive functioning support to learners of all ages. Whether you are transitioning from elementary school to high school or from one professional job to another, we will work with you and for you to come up with strategies and systems you can independently use to not only stay on track, but thrive in your new environment.
For more information on Executive Functioning, see Harvard’s Executive Functioning and Self Regulation.
For students who struggle to understand what they are reading even when their decoding is on point, we offer comprehension intensives to improve visualization and retelling skills. Equipping them with concrete strategies, we practice over and over, building up the movie playing along in their head as they read. Kait is also trained in Visualizing & Verbalizing by Lindamood-Bell for those who are looking for this specific approach.
We are experienced in a wide variety of writing-based instruction and offer coaching that provides learners with the specific supports and strategies they need to become effective, confident, and independent written communicators across environments. Specific coaching tracks include:
Contextualized guidance in a current writing class
Text-based and inferential response writing
Responding to standardized test prompts
College application essays
SQ Write Instruction
We use support students with mastering their math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, basic fractions and decimals. Though this can be a tricky skill to master and can take a good chunk of time, research shows that automaticity with math facts increases a student’s ability to access multi-step problems with confidence and accuracy. Just like sounds are the building blocks of all decoding skills, numeration skills are the building blocks of all mathematical problem-solving skills.
Assistive Technology Courses
We live in a day and age when assistive technology can save time and reduce frustration like never before. We offer both one-time intensives or multiple-week courses introducing students of all ages to assistive technology tips and tricks. During these courses, students will explore and grow comfortable using a handful of free and easily attainable assistive tech resources and procedures for reading and writing digitally.
Tutorials & Workshops
We are passionate about equipping teachers and parents with the tools to deliver research-based, structured literacy intervention in their classrooms or support their child’s learning at home! We are always looking for opportunities to get these valuable knowledge into their hands. Check back frequently for trainings, workshops and new video tutorials.
Introductory Wilson Reading Workshop
August 21-23, 2019 @ Redwood Literacy in Rogers Park, Chicago
For parents and CPS teachers
$500 for parents//$250 for CPS teachers
*Non-refundable $100 deposit due upon registration
Video Tutorials for using Wilson materials at Home
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
Redwood Literacy, Redwood GROW, and Redwood Day welcome students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.