Welcome to Take Flight!

  • Dyslexia classes will begin on Monday, August 26.  Students will be provided with a folder to hold their handouts from each lesson.  Daily homework consists of cursive handwriting practice, RAP drills, instant word drills, and 20 minutes of reading a book of the student's choice.

Take Flight Curriculum

  • Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia is a two-year curriculum written by the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.  The two-year program is designed to be taught four days per week (60 minutes per day) or five days per week (45 minutes per day). It is intended for one-on-one or small group instruction with no more than six students per class.

    Take Flight addresses the five components of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel's research and is a comprehensive intervention for students with dyslexia.

    • Phonemic awareness includes a systematic exploration of the articulation of phonemes and is fully integrated within decoding and spelling instruction.
    • All phoneme-grapheme correspondence rules are introduced over a short time, allowing time for practice toward accuracy and automaticity in the application of phonic skills and for more guided reading practice with controlled and regular text.  Also, there is an expanded use of etymology in teaching word analysis strategies.
    • Vocabulary is expanded and enriched by developing morphological knowledge, word relationships, figurative language, syntax and semantics by direct instruction and in the context of reading.
    • Fluency instruction incorporates guided and timed repeated reading of decodable words, phrases, and connected text.  Incentives, concrete measures of progress, and daily home practice are also important elements of fluency training.
    • A combination of techniques is used for instruction in reading comprehension, including comprehension monitoring, question generation, story structure, summarizing and inferencing.  Students also learn how to utilize graphic and semantic organizers when reading narrative and expository texts.
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