What is Direct Instruction?
“Direct Instruction (DI) is a model for teaching that emphasizes well-developed and carefully planned lessons designed around small learning increments and clearly defined and prescribed teaching tasks. It is based on the theory that clear instruction eliminating misinterpretations can greatly improve and accelerate learning” (NIFDI, National Institute for Direct Instruction).
The early years of classical education (grammar stage) are spent in absorbing facts and systematically building the foundation for higher learning that comes with the next phase (logic stage). Direct Instruction is an effective model to help lay this foundation in the critical subjects of reading and math. In the Kindergarten – third grades, direct instruction in reading and math comprises an important part of daily instruction.
Direct Instruction Curriculum for Reading: Wilson Reading
The Wilson Reading System (WRS) is a highly structured, research-based, multisensory curriculum used to effectively teach phonics (coding, decoding, and encoding), the foundation of solid reading skills. Its step-by-step methodology make it ideal for teaching all students whether gifted, regularly developing, or disabled.
For students diagnosed with dyslexia or struggle despite the program’s highly structured sytematic approach, ASA offers additional intensive 45 minute tutoring (2 times/week) using WRS remedial curriculum to ensure reading success. Tutoring is offered by an Augustine Literacy certified teacher using Wilson materials.
Direct Instruction for Math: Saxon Math
The Saxon Math curriculum is a unique, highly structured, research based, multisensory curriculum that teaches concepts with an incremental and systematic approach. Especially in the K – 3rd Grade curriculum, Saxon offers detailed lesson plans and scripts for the teacher to optimize instruction.