Brooklyn Letters’ friend, The Drake Bennett Summer School (http://www.drakebennett.org) is coming to Park Slope this summer! Students have six classes daily, plus four hours of rest and recreation. The morning classes are in English, math or geography, and science. The afternoon classes are drama, art, and sports and the Drake Bennett Summer School takes recess seriously.
They offer an enrichment track for thriving students, and an Orton-based support track for students who are smart but need explicit multisensory support.
A Speech & Language Pathologist will be on staff for 1-on-1 and small group therapy. We don’t want students to miss any of the morning core curriculum classes, so kids needing speech therapy see the SLP in daily pull-out sessions during the afternoon.
• Ages: Children rising to 1st-6th grades in 2013-14
• Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm (early dismissal optional)
• Class size: Maximum 12 students/teacher
• August in Brooklyn: August 5th-30th at The Park Slope Jewish Center, 1320 8th Avenue (at 14th Street)
Full-day (8:00am-6:00pm) tuition is $2,800- $14/hour for 200 hours over 20 days
They are a 501c3 non-profit, with a limited number of means-tested scholarships to offer, covering 30-90% of tuition, for families qualified for public school free lunch.
Applications with a 33% deposit are accepted in the order received; the balance is due by May 31. We offer a discount of…
• 10% for deposits paid by April 15
Mention code Brooklyn Letters and receive an additional $100 discount (offer only available to the first 5 parents to sign up)!
The Advanced Literacy Skills Hour is for students reading and writing at or above grade level. Every day we work on oral expression/elocution, informed-ear spelling strategies, vocabulary development, and reading comprehension. Older students study Latin roots, suffix and prefix usage, poetry, Aesop’s Fables, grammar, and syntax. We still diagram sentences.
The Geography Hour covers a subject that is rarely taught at most elementary schools. Kids doing well in math take geography instead. We have a globe for every student, lots of mapping puzzles, geography games, and a rare collection of geographical and historical atlases. Students learn the geographical significance of wet, dry, and moist environments. The continents and oceans are introduced, along with major rivers, mountain ranges, and agricultural lands. Older students learn about latitude and longitude.
During the Science Hour students conduct experiments in chemistry, microscopy, or physics. On microscopy days, we examine plant, animal, or mineral specimens, and record our observations. On chemistry days we make concoctions like white-glue silly putty, cornstarch quicksand, polymer worms, and borax slime. On physics days, we celebrate Newton by launching objects from catapults, crashing things together, and experimenting with inertia and gravity.
The MultiSensory Literacy Hour is for students not yet reading and writing at grade level. We focus on speech development, vocabulary building, phonics, spelling, decoding, fluency, reading comprehension, and penmanship. These concepts are taught in a structured and explicit manner, with all the patience that struggling students deserve, using Orton-based lesson planning and procedures.
The MultiSensory Math Hour is for kids who don’t like math, and have difficulty grasping math concepts. Students not yet performing at grade level in math should benefit from these classes. New learnings are introduced explicitly, patiently, and with real-world applications. Tactile teaching tools are used to create clear mental pictures of math procedures. Color coding helps students understand place value and time telling concepts. We play math games so students can see that math can be fun.
Afternoon Program for All Students
Why play Chess? Chess builds memory. Chess improves concentration. Chess develops logical thinking. Chess promotes imagination and creativity. Chess teaches children to look both ways before crossing the street. Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. Chess is cheap. Chess is fun. The Chess & Puzzles Hour combines chess with other spatial-skill activities.
The focus of the Art Hour is art appreciation, drawing, and painting. Students learn basic color theory, and how to blend in order to achieve rich layers of color. They learn to mix paint, layer colors, and use wet and dry brush techniques. Students who lack fine motor dexterity are patiently helped with their abstract brushwork creations.
The Drama Hour gives students a chance to be somebody else for an hour each day. Kids warm up with improvisational activities, and theater games, then work with Reader’s Theater plays – dramatic presentations read and recited by the players from printed scripts.
The Sports Hour is a PE program providing fundamental-skills instruction in one sport each day over a ten-day cycle. Students learn throwology, basketball, touch football, softball, soccer, tennis, table tennis, fencing, ultimate frisbee, and miniature golf – with no scorekeeping or competition.
Lehman College’s Department of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences has an upcoming Continuing Education Workshop on Friday, October 26, 2012, entitled “Using Meta-Skills to Foster Literacy Skills: Assessment and Intervention”. This workshop will be presented by Dr. Kenn Apel, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP in the Lovinger Theater.
This workshop will be offered for 0.55 ASHA CEUs. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the registration form.
If you have any questions, feel free to email email@example.com or call 718-960-2258.
Directions to Lehman are as follows:
By Train: IRT No. 4 or the IND “D” line to Bedford Park Boulevard. The campus is a three-minute walk to the west. For more information about subway service to the Lehman campus, call the New York City Transit Authority at (718) 330-1234. Metro North’s Harlem line has a local stop at the Botanical Gardens station. The campus is about 12 blocks due west on Bedford Park Boulevard. Call Metro North for information about fares and schedules (212) 532-4900.
By Bus: Nine Bronx buses including the 2, 10, 22, and 28 have stops at Lehman College. Liberty Lines BXM4A or 4B express buses from Manhattan stop near the campus, at Bedford Park Boulevard and the Grand Concourse. Good connections are available on Westchester 20 or 20X buses from White Plains, Hartsdale, Scarsdale, and Yonkers via Central Park Avenue. The No. 4 from Yonkers also stops near the campus. For more information about taking a bus to the Lehman campus, call (718) 330-1234 (Bronx buses) or (718) 652-8400 (Liberty Lines) or (914) 682-2020 (Westchester buses).
By Car: From the Major Deegan Expressway (I-87): Take exit 11, stay to left onto Van Cortlandt Ave. Left on Sedgwick Ave., then right on Goulden Ave. to Parking.
From the north on the Saw Mill River and Henry Hudson Parkways: Take exit 24 onto Mosholu Parkway. Exit at Van Cortlandt Park South. Straight across onto Goulden Ave.
Alternatively from Manhattan: FDR Drive to end of Harlem River Dr. onto Tenth Ave. Right at 207th St. across bridge to Fordham Rd. Left on M.L. King Jr. Blvd. (which becomes University Ave.). Right on W. 197th St. then left on Goulden Ave. to Parking.
Brooklyn Letters presents Ruth Arberman MEd., the founder of the Sterling School. Ms. Arberman has twenty-seven years of experience as a reading specialist, and prior to founding the Sterling School, she ran the Reading Program at The State College of Optometry, (SUNY) Learning Disabilities Unit. Ms. Arberman received several accolades, such as the Jo-Ellen Gorden Memorial Award for Service to the Learning Disabled Community, awarded by The International Dyslexia Society, and the NYS award for Literacy Advocacy, bestowed by the Reading Association.
The small intimate supportive culture of the Sterling School, located in Brooklyn, helps support boys and girls with Dyslexia and ADD to learn how to read, write, and do math and science using the Orton-Gillingham method, in combination with a ‘one student/one tutor’ approach to education in a warm, friendly environment.
Ms. Arberman will discuss what you need to know about the Individualized Education Program (IEP). An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a legal document that describes your child’s needs, goals and mandated supportive services. In this lecture, you will gain knowledge of how to navigate and use the IEP school meeting to advocate for your child. You will obtain the skills to become an “insider,” advocate, and equal partner in the IEP planning and implementation process. Specifically, you will learn what opportunities the new SESIS system provides in terms of your child’s schooling as well as the differences between your child’s diagnosis (e.g., expressive versus receptive language difficulties, dyslexia, difficulties with math or written expression) and the formal Department of Education (DOE) classification (and the ramifications of these differences).
When: Wednesday February 22nd, 6:45pm-8:30pm.
Lecture starts promptly at 7:00pm and a question and answer will follow from 7:45-8:30pm.
Where: Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture- 53 Prospect Park West.
By subway: 2 or 3 train to Grand Army Plaza, Q train to Seventh Avenue (and Flatbush Avenue), F train to Seventh Avenue (and Ninth Street)
Cost: $20 per person and no refund, unless event is canceled. Spots limited to 50 people.
To reserve a seat, please email Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Lindsay Whitman at email@example.com.
Now is the time to contact us, if you are interested in summer speech language therapy & reading remediation services. Once summer arrives, we will plan our fall schedules.
If your child is currently receiving school speech language therapy services, we will connect with your school therapist and carry over his or her speech and language goals this summer.
If you are interested in literacy help, summer is a great time for your child to continue to develop and nurture their reading and writing skills. Particularly for children with literacy delays, don’t let your child’s literacy gap widen. Our language specialists work with a reading intervention teacher, local learning specialists, and a psychologist trained in evaluating reading and writing disorders. Our reading interventionist, Jo-Ann Kalb, is trained in Orton-Gillingham (PAF), Wilson Reading, Sounds in Motion (a phonemic awareness program that gets kids moving and learning consonant and vowel sounds) and Great Leaps.
Jo-Ann Kalb is a certified NY State and NYC Teacher and Reading Tutor. After a 30 year career teaching grades 1, 2 & 5 in Park Slope, including 10 years as a school librarian, she became a Reading Intervention teacher in 2003. She uses a combination of programs and strategies gleaned from her long professional career to work with students who struggle with reading, phonemic awareness or dyslexia. Jo-Ann is currently a Reading Intervention teacher at PS 10 in Park Slope and she provides group work as well as one on one tutoring.
Jo-Ann travels to your home!
Hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 3:30-7PM
Sat & Sun 10 AM-3 PM
Location: Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Prospect Heights, Bay Ridge, Ditmas Park, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene
Types of Services: Initial reading evaluation, reading intervention using research based reading programs.
Expertise: working with children (5-10 years old) who have problems with phonemic awareness and decoding, and/or dyslexia.
She will run a summer group in August for struggling readers (kindergarten-third grade).
Contact Jo-Ann for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347.470.4406
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My name is Craig Selinger, and I am a speech language pathologist, also known as a speech therapist, who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Starting in September, I will work full-time in the area; no more back and forth Manhattan commuting. My services include child speech, language, and feeding therapy and language remediation, e.g. reading and writing.
I am very excited to launch Brooklyn Letters! Seven months of steady work on the website and now it is live. Brooklyn Letters will be a dynamic forum: updated blogs, articles, and resources. We want to create services based upon your needs. Here are some future ideas/plans:
Dr. Annette Hernandez and I will soon be adding more professionals to our team.
Every member of the Brooklyn Letters team will contribute to our interdisciplinary blog. Check-in monthly for new entries.
Other ideas about the blog:
1) Contacting professors/researchers to make research more accessible to the public.
2) Extending our interdisciplinary blog to other pediatric professionals in the New York City area. If you would like to contribute to our blog, please email me your name, phone number, area of expertise, and the topic you would like to write about. I am limiting blog entries to one page and one per month. Each month will have a different professional contributor.
Did I miss an important resource? Please email me the link, and I will consider adding it.
We have a FREE Brooklyn (Park Slope and nearby neighborhoods) private business and local pediatric professional (for those offering unique services) directory.
If you are interested in small group services (3 children) please fill out this form and email it back to me. I teach language learning, literacy, and social skills to small groups. Creating these groups is cumbersome due to the difficultly coordinating schedules and matching learning needs. My goal is to organize compatible small learning groups.
If you are a pediatric professional interested in home-based services in the Park Slope and/or and nearby communities, please email me your résumé.
How can we improve this site? Email me your ideas.
I am very excited to see how Brooklyn Letters will help contribute to Brooklyn, and watch it help parents from around the world learn more about their child’s development.
Many thanks to Brent and Teresa (my amazing website designers), Amy Way (photographer), the families that allowed me to be photographed with their children, Evan, Noreen, Chino, and Maryam. It was a team effort and I appreciate everyone’s important contributions and endeavors!
We are now offering speech, language, and feeding services/therapy in Bay Ridge, Dyker Park and Dyker Heights, and Bensonhurst! If you are interested in Kristi, a speech language pathologist, coming to your home, contact Craig at email@example.com
We will be expanding our speech, language, and literacy services to your home in Queens- Sunnyside, Woodside, Long Island City, Astoria, and we will be expanding our speech and language services to your home in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick.
We welcome Emily Harms, M.S. CCC-SLP- a speech language pathologist that comes to your Manhattan home. She travels to Gramercy Park, Midtown, Murray Hill, Flatiron District, Chelsea, Nolita, Soho, Greenwich Village, West Village, Battery Park City, Financial District, Lower East Side, East Village, Williamsburg
Please contact Craig for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
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Craig Selinger is a pediatric speech language therapist with a private practice in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He works with babies and pre-adolescents with speech, language, feeding delays and difficulties. In addition, he provides specialize tutoring services (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) for struggling learners and those with unique differences. His speech, language, literacy, and feeding team travels to your home and your child’s school throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. Contact: email@example.com, 347-394-3485, www.brooklynlearning.com.
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