The following support services are available:
Dr. F.W.L. Hamilton School has a resource program that works towards the inclusion of all children in our school. Support is given to staff to help plan and implement programming. Specific instruction is given to educational assistants who work with the students. We believe a team approach is essential in meeting the diverse needs of our school community.
Reading Recovery is a temporary, intensive, literacy intervention strategy for early readers who are "at risk" in the beginning of reading. It was developed and refined by carefully observing how readers learn to read, and by identifying the successful strategies they use. Reading Recovery was developed by Dr. Marie Clay, an educator and researcher.
Students participate in an intensive, daily 30-minute lesson. The instruction builds on individual strengths. Lessons are designed to help the child develop independent, self-extending strategies and to reach the average achievement levels of their classmates within 20 weeks. Parents have an important role to play in supporting the Reading Recovery Program.
Early Numeracy Intervention Program
The goal of the Early Numeracy Intervention Program is to increase kindergarten and Grade 1 students' understanding of number sense. A numeracy facilitator will conduct an assessment of all kindergarten and Grade 1 students in late September to early October. Once the data is collected, it will be shared with classroom teachers and together they will create a plan that will support student learning in math. The facilitator will reassess students at the end of the year and the results will be shared with the next year's teacher to facilitate program planning.