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At The Skill Building Center, our curriculum focuses on language, reading and social skills, incorporating a variety of tested, research-based methods from experts in many fields that give real-life results.

The Skill Building Center applies the “Attachment Theory” to every aspect of our students’ day. We pay particular attention to the quality of the student-teacher relationship and understand that this connection is the foundation of learning.

Our Judaic Studies are vibrant and are connected to life. Our teachers integrate language and learning theories into Gemora, Mishnayos, Chumash, Navi, Parsha and Kriah.

Our Social Skills program is based on Michelle Winner’s Social Thinking Theory, which teaches children to understand another person’s perspective. In addition to the instructional program, we integrate social skills into all aspects of the curriculum, including Parsha, allowing children to apply what they have learned in different situations.

Sensory Integration
Often there is a neurological glitch that stops children from functioning in a larger group, which often goes hand-in-hand with a sensory deficit—a tactile, visual or audio dysfunction. We give the child sensory input to calm the nervous system and address his or her sensory needs—such as receiving deep pressure, swinging, or jumping on the trampoline. These sensory exercises align the nervous system, calming the child and enabling the child to act more appropriately.

In addition to the therapists provided by our school district, The Skill Building Center employs consulting therapists to work side-by-side with teachers, who in turn integrate a sensory program into the classroom routine. Our individualized academic, language and social goals are driven by professional evaluations, grade expectations and parental input.

Our Secular Studies include aspects of the following programs:

  • Slingerland Reading and Writing
  • Singapore Math
  • Montessori Math
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Collins Writing Program
  • Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Visualizing and Verbalizing
  • Common Core Curriculum for English Language Arts, Science and Social Studies

We focus on a holistic approach to learning, emphasizing all three domains of learning: thinking, feeling, and doing.

Our Movement Program follows “Thinking Goes to School, a Practical Application of Piaget’s Theory” by Harry Wachs.

The work of many other experts is incorporated into various subjects.

    • Sally Shaywitz’s research on dyslexia
    • Stanley Greenspan’s Floortime
    • Reuven Feurstein’s theory of cognitive modifiability
    • Lev Vygotsky’s development of abstract thought and importance of a mediator
    • Annemarie Palincsar and Ann Brown’s creative approach to reading comprehension called “reciprocal teaching”
    • Mel Levine’s work on demystification, which can help a child understand and develop his own learning profile
    • Dr. Richard Schwartz’s psychological work entitled Internal Family Systems, which teaches a person to find his own internal leader and teach it how to manage his emotions.