Heartwood School Curriculum
MOVE Program: In May of 2010, Heartwood School became a Model Site with MOVE International. MOVE (Mobility Opportunities Via Education®/Experience) is an activity-based program used in homes, schools, day programs and the community. Using a top-down approach, MOVE® combines the individuals' present abilities with an instructional process during motivational activities to help the individual improve their mobility skills of sitting, standing, walking, and transitioning - leading to improved health, independence, dignity and inclusion of the individual in the family and community. MOVE International
CORE Vocabulary: CORE Vocabulary is for all individuals who require support to communicate and have a range of language abilities. CORE is a small set of commonly used words that support communication and language learning. 85% of what we say is communicated with only 200 basic words. We call these our "core" words. Core is consistent across place, topic and cognitive ability.
Reading Street: Reading Street is a comprehensive coverage of language arts that covers all reading skills.Teachers modify and adapt the materials daily to cover phonics, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, spelling, grammar and composition.
Read-it-Once Again: Read It Once Again provides a comprehensive curriculum that promotes and establishes an early literacy-based foundation for the development of basic skills. It incorporates traditional, familiar children’s literature into thematic units to promote early literacy. The curriculum includes objectives, activities, and assessments necessary to provide children with a language rich educational program. It uniquely uses rhyme, rhythm and repetition as the foundational approach to teaching, making this curriculum especially effective for children with autism, language delays, or developmental delays.
Equals Mathematics: Equals is a Pre-K through Grade 12 curriculum that provides the best in mathematics instruction for educators who work with students in special education. It encompasses pre-readiness, fundamentals and higher order math skills.
Social Studies: A set of social studies units specifically made for classrooms to embed into their routine.
- United States is My Country
- Being a Good Citizen
- Community, Michigan
- Wants & Needs
- United States History and Staying Healthy
Science: Teachers engage the students in a set of rotating science units. The kits were created from the draft science Essential Elements.
- Unit 1: How do I use my 5 Senses (Materials, Changes in Matter, Motion)
- Unit 2: What Grows? (Plants, Animals, Food, People)
- Unit 3: What is Earth? (Earth Care, Geography, Weather, Energy/Temperature)
Daily Living Skills: Classrooms dedicate time for insturcting students to complete productive tasks like washing tables, sorting and putting dishes away, folding laundry and vacuuming. Instruction may also include learning their name, age, working indpendently and attending to a task.
Social Skills: Classrooms actively teach social greetings, sharing, personal space, turn taking, waiting in line and making good-safe choices through the day.
Individual student focus is determined at their Individualized Education Planning Meeting. Students goals link back to the Essential Elements.