The Laurel School of Princeton serves children with learning differences and is focused on providing the best instruction for students with dyslexia and dyscalculia. We provide the latest and most technologically advanced teaching methods available. Located in Hopewell, NJ, our school serves students with learning disabilities throughout the greater Princeton area, Central New Jersey, and Eastern Pennsylvania and beyond, via online learning.
Both dyslexia and dyscalculia can affect a student’s ability to learn and understand math.
Dyslexia involves trouble reading and isolating sounds, language difficulties that can impact learning in any subject, from language arts to science. Dyscalculia, on the other hand, specifically affects a student’s ability to absorb and understand numbers and math concepts. In more acute cases of dyscalculia, there can be an acute disadvantage when it comes to keeping up with peers.
The Laurel School Mathematics curriculum is based on the Math in Focus program, an authentic Singapore Math® curriculum, with problem-solving as the center of math learning, and concepts taught with a concrete–pictorial–abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The curriculum parallels the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Mathematics, both for Mathematical Practice and Content, including Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. Students are encouraged to build automaticity of skills in all areas. Like our reading program, our math instruction is provided in a multisensory, explicit manner, to build a true understanding of math concepts. Lessons are adapted to meet the learning needs and pace of each student, and classroom instruction focuses on building problem solving and flexibility in thinking to approach difficult tasks. Instruction begins after a child has had a baseline assessment of knowledge of math facts, calculation and problem-solving. Specialized language is integrated throughout the curriculum, giving children an understanding of math vocabulary and how to use it. Instruction is based on conceptual understanding, so that children progress through the curriculum and solve problems based on cognitive abilities, despite their challenges with rote memory of math facts.