For the teaching of maths and reading, Silver Linings use an American education programme designed for children with learning difficulties called DISTAR (an acronym for “Direct Instruction System for Teaching Arithmetic and Reading”). Each pupil’s level in the programme is ascertained according to their instructional needs and not by age. The programme is taught individually by a DISTAR-trained teacher and rate of progress and level of work are driven by the needs of the child. Apart from DISTAR arithmetic and reading, pupils also learn DISTAR spelling, thinking skills, language and expressive writing on a weekly basis.
For pupils who are able to work independently and have attained a certain level with DISTAR, the ACE (Accelerated Christian Education) curriculum is used. This allows pupils to work at their own pace towards an internationally recognized certificate and can be continued with from anywhere in the world. The ACE curriculum has 5 core subjects: Word Building, English, Maths, Social Studies and Science.
Different methods and mediums (smart boards, tablets, tactile learning resources and creative work activities) are used to enhance the learning of the concepts presented in the core curriculum. Depending on the pupil’s preferred learning style these different methods are delivered to meet the specific learning needs.