Curriculum's for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students


The are several curricula and programs designed specifically for teaching deaf and hard of hearing children to read.
Fairview Learning
**Fairview Learning**
"Fairview Learning grew out of a pilot reading project at the Mississippi School for the Deaf. Co-founders Connie Schimmel, Ph.D., and Sandra Edwards sought to provide educational materials and assessment tools for teachers of deaf students. What started as project with four elementary students has evolved into the Fairview Process."
The MBR Beginning Reading Program
**The MBR Beginning Reading Program**
The MBR program is a free, online curriculum for preschool and kindergarten students that teaches reading through sign language.
"The MBR program consists of 100 lessons divided into three units. The objectives of Unit I are phonemic awareness, letter names, sight words and the reading of simple sentences and stories. The iconic nature of signing - the fact that the signs illustrate the words they represent - plays a key role in helping students learn the sight words they need to "get them reading". The objective of Unit II is the sounds of the letters. What makes the letter sounds more meaningful to the students is that they can relate them to the words they have learned to read in Unit I. Again signing helps - this time with the use of the finger alphabet. And finally the objective of Unit III is the blending of letter sounds in the reading and writing of word families. Finger spelling again plays a key role because it helps the students sound out the words as they finger spell the letters."
Reading Milestones
Reading Milestones

Edited by Stephen Quigley, Cynthia King, Patricia McAnally and Susan Rose.
"Reading Milestones is a revolutionary reading series that is characterized by its use of strictly controlled syntax and vocabulary. This successful alternative method, using chunking (the separation of phrases by several spaces) for linguistic control, is designed to take nonreaders to approximately a third-grade reading level. Reading Milestones is especially suited for students with hearing impairment, and is also appropriate for students with language delay, learning disabilities, and students who are non-native English speakers."
There are five levels in the Reading Milestones program. The first two are available through Amazon.com.
Signing Time Resources for Teachers
The Signing Time Classroom Edition is an excellent resource for any school setting – preschool, home school, public school, private school, playgroups, after-school clubs, and church groups. Although the activities are geared for ages 3 – 9 (PreK – 3rd grade), this program is useful for students of all ages.


The Classroom Edition is packaged as a two-inch binder containing eight DVDs, two music CDs, and sixteen units of lesson material.

The Signing Time Preschool and Child Care Program gives you music, videos and easy-to-do activities that teach language and social skills through signing. This complete package contains all the resources you need to add music, movement, signing, and fun to your early childhood classroom, playgroup, or day care program. Includes 4 teacher guides, each with 7 themed units, 4 Baby Signing Time DVDs, 4 Baby Signing Time Music CDs, 4 Rference Posters, and 4 Resource CDs with hundreds of printables. Includes a free binder for easy storage.



Accelerated ReaderAccelerated Reader
Accelerated Reader is not a program designed specifically for deaf and hard of hearing children. However, the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School is currently using this program, which indicates it is useful and effective for deaf and hard of hearing children.
Accelerated Reader is a list of books, targeted to reading level and interest level, and computer-based comprehension quizzes.

Other useful resources not specifically created for DHH students
Basic Writing Series: starts out basic and builds upon learning, there is a program for vocabulary, too. www.wiesereducational.co
Reading Mastery (SRA), http://www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk/sra/readingmastery.htm
Visual Phonics, http://seethesound.org/
Hi/Lo Readers http://www.highnoonbooks.com/inside-readers.tpl
Color Coding Systems for language: http://aacintervention.com/home/180009852/180009852/tips/2005/01jan2005/colorcoding.pdf
Books for Results: http://www.books4results.com/
Visual Verbs, Teaching the State-of-Being Verbs by: Kristin Anderson DiPerri

No Glamour Grammar by: Susan Meyer Watts: clear, extra practice, minimal distractions

Best Practices in Writing Instruction by: Steve Graham, Charles A. McAurthur, and Jill Fitzgerald

Reading Instruction for Diverse Classrooms by: Ellen McIntyre, Nancy Hulan, and Vicky Layne

The Elementary Teacher’s Book of Lists by: Gary Robert Muschla, Judith A. Muschla, and Erin Muschla

Picture This by Kristin Anderson DiPerri (book) (Phrasal Verbs in English Context, Multiple Meanings in English Context, Figurative Language in English Context)