We provide one-on-one and small group instruction using appropriate interventions based on one’s individual assessment information. Progress monitoring is an integral part of providing appropriate ongoing services for clients.

Literacy Instruction

At Shine Learning Services, our reading and spelling instruction is designed to make sense of the English language. We provide instruction in a way that addresses the relationship between morphology, etymology, and orthographic phonology. Our goal is that students improve their overall literacy—reading words, spelling words, increasing vocabulary, and improving reading comprehension (Bowers & Bowers, 2017).

Knowing that we decode in order to make meaning, we utilize Thinking Maps as we assist students in thinking through texts of various kinds. Thinking Maps are used to assist a student in discussing and recording his or her ideas about a text or topic.

As a part of our overall literacy instruction, our goal is to assist individuals in becoming confident and competent writers. Realizing that good writing starts with good sentence construction, we begin at the sentence level. “Of all [the] writing components and processes, creating sentences may be the most complex” (Saddler, 2012). We use various tools and techniques to assist us in this endeavor.

 As clients build skills in generating and composing quality sentences, we then assist them in transferring these skills into longer written pieces. As we move into longer written pieces, we often incorporate Thinking Maps as well as materials from Step Up to Writing and the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

Math Instruction

Prior to instruction, we assess needs and determine a focus for instruction. We then provide conceptually based, hands-on math instruction based on an individual's needs. We monitor student needs through ongoing progress monitoring and adjust instruction accordingly.