Students with unique learning abilities and challenges have distinctive needs when it comes to reading, writing, and/or math. These challenges can also impact other subjects like Science and Social Studies.
We can help students with these needs thanks to our unique approach to instructional design, teaching format, and teacher support.
Serving students with special learning needs has always been difficult in brick-and-mortar, large group, or live-action schooling. Whether they’re in a physical classroom with other kids or a virtual video room, students with unique learning considerations often feel lost or left behind.
6 Ways Rounded Schoolhouse Meets the Unique Needs of Each Student
With Rounded Schoolhouse, we’ve structured our courses in some unique ways that allow us to effectively serve all children, including those with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, ASD, and ADHD.
One of the primary challenges with unique learning needs is the need for a student to move at their own pace, without feeling rushed to move onto the next skill or lesson before mastering the current concept.
Rounded Schoolhouse lessons are all self-paced. Students move at their own speed through course work, marking lessons complete as they go. Some students move quickly. Others move more slowly. And that’s okay.
2. Once Small Concept at a Time
Another challenge many students face is being forced to learn multiple concepts at once. For example, learning different ways to format division equations in Math or learning about both subject and predicate at the same time in English Language Arts.
Rounded Schoolhouse lessons are designed to be bite-sized chunks of information, one concept at a time, so all students can experience the feeling of fully grasping an idea before being presented with another new idea. For students with learning needs that differ, that means they’ll have a constant feeling of empowerment and confidence as they move from lesson to lesson.
3. Real Teachers on Screen
Most video learning companies use illustrations, animations, or professional presenters in their instructional videos. While this is a very efficient way to produce lots of videos inexpensively, it also results in detachment between the learner and the teacher.
Rounded Schoolhouse instructional videos all feature a real teacher that is visible on screen for the duration of the video. This means your child connects with a real teacher and the material he or she is covering. Better connection leads to better learning.
4. Unscripted Teachers, Not Scripted Professionals
It’s common to see teaching videos that use a pre-written script and a professional voice-over or on-screen presenter. This format is popular in marketing videos or corporate training videos. However, this format is terrible for students trying to learn new concepts.
Rounded Schoolhouse works with real teacher who speak naturally during each lesson. Unscripted teachers have the freedom to explain a concept in multiple ways, revisit terms to reinforce definitions, and generally connect better with learners. When was the last time you felt connected to an actor on TV reading a commercial script? Students who connect with their teacher learn better.
5. Reading Aloud Together
Students with dyslexia and dyscalculia often have a difficult time matching what they see with what is actually there. A common solution to helping this type of student connect better with the words, letters, or numbers they see is to read aloud with them.
With Rounded Schoolhouse, teachers read with students on a regular basis in every subject. In English Language Arts, they read books and poetry together. In Science, they read descriptions of scientific phenomena together. In Social Studies, they read about history together. In Social Emotional, they read practices conversations and parables together.
6. Video-first, Not Text-first
Many students with learning challenges dread picking up a book, article, or workbook. They know that the format alone is going to be a challenge before they even know what the content will be.
With Rounded Schoolhouse videos, students are free to experience learning in both an auditory and visual way. They can move their body while they watch and listen. These experiences help every child with learning challenges, but especially kids who are challenged by ADHD.
One Final Note
Not all students with unique learning needs will find the Rounded Schoolhouse is the right fit. That’s ok! We want you to find what works best for your student. So we offer a 30-day free trial of our Full Program to test it out with your child. If it doesn’t work, you can cancel and never be billed.