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English is a challenging language. Without a firm foundation in how English "works" a student can develop incomplete skills. Deaf and Hard of Hearing students are usually expected to develop English literacy skills using the same materials and approaches designed for hearing children who have already developed English linguistic skills before they begin Kindergarten. However, hearing children will "practice" English skills in school. Deaf children need much more than opportunities to practice-they need instruction that is comprehensible and developmentally appropriate for their linguistic needs. Though the end goal is the same - independent English literacy abilities - DHH students need clear instructional design, strategies and activities that will support the depth of instruction they require to fairly internalize all English literacy components.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing children need to develop literacy skills in a manner that makes sense to them. Our materials focus on visually based strategies that are grounded in building concepts first and applying language second.
Our mission is to engage students in literacy approaches, activities and tools that have been tested and approved for over 35 years in classrooms across the US and abroad.
Click here for more information regarding the Bedrock literacy approach.
Click here to view the contents in the Bedrock manual.
Click here to review research related to the Bedrock and BGC curriculums.
Click here for more information about the Bilingual Grammar Curriculum.
Click here for examples of the ASL and English objectives and English worksheets.
Please click here to see other resources related to the Bedrock manual developed by other educators.
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