• I am excited to offer Take Flight at Northwood.  Scottish Rite Take Flight is a two year program offered to students with dyslexia. Please click on the link below to learn more about the program.

      Take Flight Book Cover

      Scottish Rite Take Flight Overview Power Point

      Take Flight Lesson Resources for Parents


      What is a daily Take Flight lesson like?

      Each session of Take Flight includes 12 different multi-sensory activities, which lead to skill mastery.  The two to ten minute activities take into consideration the short attention span of many students. 

      The daily schedule of activities includes:


      (3 min)

      Alphabet study and practice leading to dictionary skills.

      Reading Decks 

      (2 min)

      Reinforcement activity to identify and instantly name each grapheme and translate it into speech sounds. 

      Multisensory Introduction of a new letter 

      (10 min)

      Letter and letter clusters are introduced for reading.  Reading, writing, and spelling through six multi-sensory linkages. 

      Handwriting Practice

      (5 min)

      Cursive writing is used throughout the program.  Emphasis is on naming the letter before writing. 

      Code and Read Practice

      (5 min)

      Apply the codes for accuracy, fluency and comprehension.

      Instant Words

      (2 min)

      Recognizing the most frequently used words in the English language based on the research of Edward Fry.


      (5 min)         

      Repeated Automatic Practice of letter names, sounds and uses in words.


      (10-15 min)

      Not used until the first 40 instant words have been practiced- to build rate and prosody.  Students follow a repeated reading schedule that introduces the same words in isolation, then phrase, and finally, in stories.

      Instant Spelling Deck

      (5-7 min)

      Reinforcement activity to translate each speech sound instantly into the letter that most often represents it.

      Phonemic Awareness

      (5-10 min)   

      Following established procedures for explicitly teaching the relationships between speech-sound production and spelling-sound patterns.

      Spelling Practice

      (10-15 min)

      Supports student’s application of sound-symbol relationships learned through the phonemic awareness activities as well as instant spelling deck practice.

      (words and dictation) 


      Reinforcement at Home

      Dyslexia Therapy reinforcement at home should take only a few minutes per day and supports solidifying their new learning from each session. 

      Cursive handwriting makes writing easier for dyslexic students. The flow and connectedness help with spacing, legibility, and reduces reversals.
      Please help your student assume good posture and pencil grip, and practice forming the letters correctly.
      RAP (Rapid Automatic Practice)
      The purpose is accuracy. It relates directly to the sound/symbol introduced. Observe and listen to your child read the page, and provide corrective feedback if mistakes are made.
      IW (Instant Words)
      Instant words are those words that appear with high frequency in written text. Instant recognition of these words has a direct impact on reading fluency.
      Please observe and listen to your child read these words.  If an error is made, please correct it.  Save these pages, and use them to review the words periodically.
      Rate Packet
      The rate packet builds fluency through repeated readings that develop the student’s skill in reading accurately at a smooth and even pace. Typically, students begin receiving rate packets in 3rd grade.  Practice in the same way as RAP.
      Instant correct spelling of high frequency words improves your student’s ability in written expression.  Please refer to the prompts at the top of the columns of the Visual Spelling Chart.

      Use this helpful website tool to practice Instant Words and other spelling words.
      Spelling City link to practice Instant Words