Student Support

Early Literacy Development

Early Literacy

Early literacy is comprised of four components—speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Acquiring knowledge in all of these areas is critical for the young students’ early reading develoment, comprehension skills, successful social interactions, and academic proficiency. The acquisition of emergent literacy skills enables young children to become successful learners in kindergarten and beyond.


Reading provides the foundation for all curricula throughout school and is necessary for academic success in all subject areas. For students needing further support and skill development in their reading abilities, Dr. Cappelloni provides individual reading instruction to students of all ages and abilities. Intervention is designed to build confident and proficient readers, whether they are are learning to read or reading to learn. Through systematic, instructional methods grounded in scientifically based reading research, she works with children in the areas of:

  • Alphabetic knowledge
  • Phonological and phonemic awareness
  • Concepts of print
  • Reading strategies
  • Vocabulary development and word knowledge
  • Fluency
  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening and oral comprehension skills
  • Critical thinking skills


Children become strong writers when they are motivated to write and have something important to say! Developing writing skills includes word work; spelling, grammar and punctuation; formulating, articulating, and organizing ideas; and adding voice and style. Writing development is a critical skill that often needs to be nurtured and enhanced for the high school and college years.


From understanding mathematical concepts in early childhood to gaining proficiency in common core math standards, Dr. Cappelloni works with students from preschool through fifth grade in their mathematical development.

Learning Strategies and Study Skills

Help your child become a more effective learner and experience greater academic success through well-implemented learning strategies and intervention.

Dr. Cappelloni supports students as they become more effective learners resulting in greater academic success.  She coaches students in grades two through nine in self-regulated learning strategies and study skills. These include the development of:

  • Time management skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Effective study habits
  • Completing assignments efficiently and independently
  • Planning and self-pacing
  • Self-monitoring and self-evaluation
  • Providing family support with homework assignments, schedules, and communication with the child’s teacher(s)

Self-regulated learners are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and are guided by their own personally set goals and tasks. Self-regulated learners are active in their own learning process. Self-regulated learning strategies are actions and processes the student employs. These include self-evaluation, goal setting, planning, appropriately seeking help, practicing and memorizing, and organizing new information.  Students who are intrinsically motivated to learn show greater self-confidence in their abilities to perform class work in different academic domains.  Current research suggests that students who are self-regulating demonstrate greater academic success in school. For some students self-regulation is inherent and comes naturally. For others, it does not.  Therefore, intervention in learning to employ powerful learning strategies is critical for students to learn to become self-directive, independent, and self-confident in their learning process.