KnowledgePoints has shown a variety of programs primarily tailored to meet the needs of the participating students. The emphasis of our Programs has been to improve the academic performance of the participating students. Many of our programs also incorporated enrichment activities to enhance the learning environment as well as give the students the opportunity to explore other areas of interest. We generally collaborated with local organizations that have an inherent “stake” in the success of the children and the community.
Enrichment OptionsEnrichment and recreation activities are important components of a program for a student’s development. Enrichment activities expand on students’ learning in ways that differ from the methods typically used during the school day. They are often interactive and can even be project focused. Recreation activities, such as sports or games, allow students time to relax or play. Occasional academic aspects of recreation activities can be pointed out, but the primary lessons learned in this type of activity are in the areas of social skills, teamwork, leadership, competition and discipline. Overall, it is our goal to make these activities fun. It is also an opportunity to expose students to areas and skills that they ordinarily would not have access to in school or outside of school.
Some of the enrichment and recreation activities offered have included:
- Art : Chess : Choral Music
- Creative Writing : Dance : Drama
- Karate : Math : Reading Games
- Physical Fitness : Soccer : Yogo
Grouping Options and Differentiated Learning
KnowledgePoints programs offered a variety of flexible grouping options which involved differentiated learning. Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. We started where each child is in his/her learning process in order to authentically meet his/her academic needs and help the student grow. Our instructors may differentiate content, process, or the learning environment. The use of ongoing assessments and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction. Using differentiation techniques, allows our instructors to meet the individualized needs of each of our students.
Differentiation techniques have included:
Through our skills assessment, we are able to pinpoint skills the student will need to learn. We focus on the specific content that each child needs to ensure success for each student.
We identify the learning style of each of our students. This knowledge allows our instructors to offer specific instruction techniques to meet the specific needs of our students. Techniques may include the use of manipulatives, or other hand-on strategies to ensure success for each student.
With a library of over 30,000 lessons our instructors are able to select specific curriculum to meet the needs and learning styles of each of our students.
All of our KnowledgePoints programs offer a variety of differentiated learning techniques, along with a variety of flexible grouping options. Depending on the selected program, along with the center/site, our program delivery, and instructional technique, ensures success for each of our students.
Small group instruction (4:1/5:1 student: instructor ratio) offers individualized instruction, along with small group instruction. Students are provided with opportunities to work one-on-one with the instructor as well as working with his/her peers during each instructional session. The flexibility of this technique allows students to not only learn from the curriculum and instructor, but learn and share with his/her peers. Large group instruction (workshop format 10:1 student; instructor ratio) involves presentation of program content to the group. Within our large group instruction we offer the opportunity for whole group instruction, small group instruction, students working on teacher-directed activities, as well as student led group options. This instructional technique allows for student involvement including collaboration, group study, dyads or pairs, and sharing.
Reading ProgramOur comprehensive reading program is designed for students prekindergarten through 12th grade. The program addresses a variety of reading skills, from phonics and sight vocabulary to vocabulary and comprehension skill development. We use a variety of learning materials, aligned to Common Core Standards which ensure skill development and mastery. The KnowledgePoints reading program offers remediation as well as enrichment opportunities.
Our comprehensive math program is designed for students K-8. The math program addresses computation, concepts and applications skill development. Our learning materials are aligned to Common Core Standards and selected to ensure skill building and mastery. The KnowledgePoints math program offers remediation as well as enrichment opportunities. We provide advanced math programs as appropriate based on pretest results.