The Slingerland Method

The Slingerland Method: Improving Literacy at St. Monica

St. Monica’s PreK through Fourth Grade teachers and our reading specialists are certified in the Slingerland Approach for teaching literacy. The Slingerland Approach was originally designed to help students with dyslexia and other spelling, reading, writing, and speaking challenges. Still, many general education teachers have found it to positively affect the learning in their classrooms as well. The method uses a multisensory approach to teach kids about letter identification, writing, and sound and then expands to spelling and reading entire words. Because the strategy involves auditory, visual, and physical elements, it reaches a wide variety of learners.

St. Monica’s kindergarten teacher has witnessed first-hand the benefits of the approach. “The Slingerland method helps students to effectively and efficiently identify a particular letter and the sound that letter makes. This helps students with spelling and reading, as they can sound out unfamiliar and new words. I have noticed a great improvement in my students while using the method. Not only is their handwriting more clear and neat, but they also have much more self-confidence when it comes to phonics.”

While several schools in the Archdiocese use the Slingerland Approach, St. Monica is proud to be one of the only schools in the Eastside Deanery with a fully-certified lower elementary staff. “It is great that families don’t have to choose between faith formation and academic focus when selecting a school for their child. Having trained Slingerland teachers at St. Monica has strengthened our ability to offer both,” says one staff member. St. Monica plans to further their Slingerland training for teachers this coming summer, bringing the method to PreK and 4th grade. To learn more about the Slingerland Approach, visit

The SlingerlandĀ® Approach teaches oral and written language skills in the classroom to all learners, especially those with dyslexia.

  • Reading fluency
  • Decoding
  • Reading comprehension
  • Basic writing skills
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics and word recognition
  • Oral language skills