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LearnUp uses a structured literacy curriculum

It’s a blend of nationally-recognized reading methods.

LearnUp integrates the best practices of Orton-Gillingham based programs, speech therapy, phonics, whole language, and recommendations from the National Reading Panel. We are not beholden to any one of these methodologies or approaches. Instead, we carefully select the best of the best to create a systematic program that accelerates reading acquisition.

It incorporates the latest brain research.

LearnUp also overlays the latest brain research into our curriculum. Research shows that stimulating the word form area of the reading brain is critical to creating fluency. While this is helpful to all emerging readers, it’s especially critical for dyslexics. Our program incorporates systematic phonics, directed reading, spelling, and repeated readings which lead to brain stimulation and reading fluency.

It uses proprietary decodable chapter books.

From day one, our students are reading from a chapter book written at a skill level they can actually read—building confidence and excitement for reading. Our proprietary, phonetically-aligned reading series for elementary, middle and high-school are deliberately written to reinforce the program concepts taught during the student’s tutoring session.

Our Approach

Meet students where they are.

We offer multiple entry points called ‘reading starts’ to accommodate a student’s knowledge and background. We work with them from what they already know and understand. This approach quickly puts them into the right level and on a pathway to reading success.

Lead with reading.

Many other reading programs don’t actually read. We dedicate ½ of each session to reading proprietary age- and skill-level appropriate books written by Steve Tattum our reading director.

By reading chapter books students also work on the fundamentals of comprehension (summary, inference, prediction, etc.) Daily reading allows the student’s vocabulary, syntax, and meaning to enhance student’s word attack, and reduce reversals and inverses. Daily written responses ensure that spelling and writing are applied through their reading. This approach leads to significant reading gains in less time.

Make it fun, fast, and experiential.

Hands-on learning is key to engaging reluctant and unsuccessful learners. We use a tactile, multi-sensory magnetic board to actively teach phonics. Our lessons are short (55 minutes) and fast-paced. We live by the motto “go as fast as we can, as slow as we must” to urge students to push their reading abilities further. See a daily lesson.