The Academy of Ability uses a combination of online and print learning tools to provide a comprehensive learning experience.

  • Reading

    To increase literacy, we use the Readwell curriculum developed by Sopris Voyager Learning. The program provides instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.

  • Grammar

    To improve grammar, AOA provides daily lessons from the Easy Grammar Systems workbook by Wanda C. Phillips. The lessons teach students about the eight parts of speech, the prepositional approach, grammar concepts, capitalization and punctuation.

    We also use a computer program called IXL. Students review concepts that theyʼve previously learned on the computer. IXL reinforces the lessons that theyʼve been taught.

  • Vocabulary

    The goal of the vocabulary curriculum is to produce meaningful writing and deeper reading comprehension and verbal skills. AOA uses Elements of Reading, levels B through E, by Steck and Vaughn to bolster each studentʼs vocabulary. The comprehensive curriculum complements the reading program.

    We also use Rev It Up!, courses 1 and 2, by Steck and Vaughn to teach vocabulary that prepares students for reading and writing success. Itʼs a systematic type of vocabulary instruction that reaches students through multiple encounters and contexts.

  • Writing

    To teach students to write descriptive, persuasive and informative paragraphs, we use Spectrum Writing. The supplement helps students practice the writing process and develop writing skills.

  • Spelling

    AOA uses a 30-week curriculum called Building Spelling Skills by Evan Moor to teach students phonetic sounds and spellings.

  • Math

    The primary math curriculum is based on a Top Math by Greg and Shawn Sabouri. The curriculum teaches concepts such as whole numbers, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, fractions, rounding, decimals, percents, simple geometry concepts and units of measurement.

    The curriculum is supplemented by Math.U.See (Gamma Level), which reviews and reinforces simple and complicated multiplication and division problems.The IXL computer program also provides supplementary math exercises.

  • History

    This yearʼs history curriculum focuses on time periods before 1740. We use A History of the U.S. by Oxford University Press to teach students about the different kinds of people who came to America during this time period. Lessons highlight influential individuals, including Pocahontas, John Smith, William Penn, the Quakers, Daniel Boone and Ben Franklin.

  • Science

    This yearʼs science curriculum focuses on the 12 systems of the human body: the skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, nervous, sensory and the reproductive systems. We use Your Body and How it Works by Pat and Barb Ward and The Body Book by Donald and Patricia Wynne.