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CURRICULUM: BLENDED SUBJECTS  

Oak Hill School’s education program includes language arts, science, math, social studies, health and safety, career education, consumer education, vocational education, the arts and physical education. All subjects are blended as Oak Hill uses an integrated approach to instruction. Each student’s IEP is designed and developed based on the student’s present level of functioning. Because of the severity of the students functioning level and the challenges that our students are not able to generalize, Oak Hill blends instruction through an individual life skill curriculum that is based on the philosophy of normalization and that teaching occurs in natural environments.

Specific Description for each instance of “Blended Subjects” instructional method:

1. Morning Routine and Instruction- As students arrive to the classroom at staggered times, they engage in activities to develop daily living skills, social skills, and functional academics. During this time instruction in Mathematics, Consumer Education, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and for some students Vocational Education is blended. 

2. Morning Meeting/Home Room- Students will engage in activities to develop social and academic skills and communication. The focus of discussion and instruction can be related to daily schedules, weather, attendance, etc. During this time instruction in Mathematics, Consumer Education, Career Education, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies and for some students Vocational Education is blended. 

3. Snack- Students prepare and eat snack during this time. They will work on academic, social and communication skills. Instruction in Mathematics, Consumer Education, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies is blended.

4. Functional Academics- Students will engage in individual or small group instruction. The focus of this instruction is functional academics and life-long skills. During this time instruction in Mathematics, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies is blended. 

5. Lunch- Students prepare and eat lunch. They will work on academic, social and communication skills. Instruction in Mathematics, Consumer Education, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies is blended.

6. Vocational Skills- Students will engage in activities to develop transition related and vocational skills. During this time instruction in Career Education, Vocational Education, Mathematics, Health and Safety, Language Arts, and Social Studies is blended.

7. The Arts- Students will engage in arts and crafts activities with a focus on developing, communication, functional academic, social and life-long skills. The activities are connected to thematic units and reinforce concepts taught across all activities and instruction. During this time instruction in The Arts, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies is blended. 

8. Music- Students engage in music activities through Music Therapy or teacher led activities. The focus is developing art appreciation, functional academic, communication and social skills. During this time instruction in The Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science, is blended.

9. Games- Students will engage in small or large group activities while playing games with peers. The focus of activities is development of communication and social skills as well as functional academics. The activities are connected to thematic units and reinforce concepts taught across all activities and instruction. During this time instruction in Mathematics, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies is blended. 

10. Adapted Physical Education- Students will engage in activities to develop gross motor, social, recreation, communication, and community skills. The activities are designed to meet individual needs of the students and challenge each student to the maximum of their potential. Students will engage in small or large group activities. The focus of activities is development of communication and social skills as well as life-long health and wellness. During this time instruction in Health and Safety, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies is blended.

11. Cooking- Students will engage in small or large group activities while preparing recipes. The focus of activities is development of functional academic, communication and social skills. The activities are connected to thematic units and reinforce concepts taught across all activities and instruction. During this time instruction in Mathematics, Health and Safety, Consumer Education, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies is blended.

12. Community outings- Students develop functional academic, social, recreation and vocational skills within natural, authentic environments. Example: money skills are taught in the store while shopping. For students 15 years of age and older, the focus of activities and instruction during community outings is also transition and career planning. During this time instruction in Mathematics, Health and Safety, Language Arts, Science, Career Education, Consumer Education, Vocational Education and Social Studies is blended.

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