Direct Instruction in Vaughan

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Direct Instruction
Direct Instruction in Vaughan, ON

DI Specialists & Programs

Read Write Think is a team of Direct Instruction specialists located in Vaughan, Ontario. We implement DI programs and methods for 1-on-1 tutoring and small group classes. We frequently re-assess DI programs to make sure they are best suited to the student’s needs.

This is an intervention program proven to work best by years of intensive research. Students are prescribed a program after an initial assessment of academic and learning skills.

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What is Direct Instruction(DI) method?

The philosophy behind the term Direct Instruction is simple. If the child hasn’t learned, the teacher hasn’t taught. In many aspects, this is a challenging concept to accept. Schools today are overflowing with “student-centered learning”, “holistic education”, “whole language approach”, and “teacher is a facilitator” approaches.

At the same time, nowadays more than ever schools are in need of external help – government funding is needed, more and more children get diagnosed and require great resources for internal and external help, educational technology dominates classrooms, etc. On top, parents get blamed for poor parenting.

Meanwhile, some schools have taken a different approach and proven repeatedly that using the right approach, even the neediest students can succeed. Combining high-pace, immediate teacher feedback, precise examples and instantaneous correction of mistakes, direct instruction is one of the most effective teaching methods today.

DI Programs


Our younger students learn phonics and early reading skills. Lessons are based on sounds presentation and followed by students’ independent reading. Remedial reading and comprehension for struggling older readers.


Move from constructing a basic sentence to writing a full paragraph. Extend the skills to writing a multi-paragraph story. Learn about persuasive, narrative, descriptive and expository writing. Arguments and position papers.


Become a proficient speller through learning about roots, prefixes, suffixes and base words. Use the skill of memorization and letter-sound correspondence while evolving into an expert speller.


Learn the basic vocabulary, concepts and sentence forms used in a typical classroom through highly systematic and explicit programs. Lessons focus around word knowledge, common information, classification and problem solving.


Understand, practise, reach mastery and accelerate. Using these principles, our students strengthen their math and logic skills. They become able to transfer the skills beyond the math curriculum and apply them into real life.


Used their service for all my kids, very happy with it and recommend from personal experience
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23:14 26 Oct 20
Nataly Kimelman
Nataly Kimelman
19:40 20 Aug 20
Both of my kids love the lessons they have in Read Write Think, there is a big support for regular school curriculum and beyond that. Big Thank you all staff!!!
Alla Oleynikova
Alla Oleynikova
19:14 20 Aug 20
Special thank you for making the English writing camp happen! A lot of important and valuable knowledge was delivered to the kids in a condensed format. The classes were engaging, the assignments interesting !Masha’s comments on the homework were very valuable and the feedback extremely constructive. Kids enjoyed your teaching style.I couldn't be happier with the easy decision to enroll in this camp! We enrolled two kids - 11 years old.
Irina Ginzburg
Irina Ginzburg
13:59 20 Jul 20
I highly recommend the Read Write Think summer camps. Our son enjoyed write week. He had a lot of fun and many topics have been covered during that week.Thank you Masha and Julia for this great experience.
Natalya Pogrebetsky
Natalya Pogrebetsky
03:08 19 Jul 20
Julia has been helping our son for over four years now and I can’t stress enough how wonderful she has been. Our son’s English and writing skills have significantly improved and matured. Julia is systematic, patient and intuitive and will adapt to your child’s skills and encourage your child at the same time. She is fabulous!
Rita Zelikman
Rita Zelikman
16:21 14 May 20
We have used Julia as our tutor for over four years now and all three of our children have benefited greatly. She is very knowledgeable in our educational system in Ontario and honest in regards to my children’s needs. I would recommend Julia!!
Carina Briskin
Carina Briskin
18:37 11 May 20
Julia is one of a kind. She has literally transformed my son's ability to study. She has helped him excel in literacy at which has been his struggling subject since he has started school. We don't know what we would do without her!
Sunny Ashurov
Sunny Ashurov
22:54 04 May 20
Very good tutors who help kids with special needs
Sabharish Sainath
Sabharish Sainath
16:39 10 Mar 20
Julia is a very special person who genuinely cares about her students. She has a very gentle and patient approach to her style that my son absolutely loves. He knows she cares about his progress and goes above and beyond to help him succeed. I highly recommend Julia and her one on one program!
Karen T
Karen T
14:05 01 Mar 19
This is the best you can do for you child!
Julia Kazakova
Julia Kazakova
03:37 22 Feb 19
I highly recommend the Read Write Think program to anyone whose kid needs a little extra boost or serious help with their reading and writing.Our son didn't know how to read or write when he started Grade 1 (although he attended SK) and was feeling stressed about it. After a little online search we were lucky enough to find Julia, the owner of the Read Write Think program, who came to our house and did a quick assessment of our son. Julia informed us that he would catch up to his classmates by the end of the the school year, which he did much earlier.Julia paired us up with Maddie - a wonderful, patient, experienced and fun teacher who my son loves a lot. Maddie came to our house once a week for an hour and did a great job keeping our son engaged and interested, which was not an easy feat at times :).The materials the program provides are also exceptional and at the same fun (some stories made me laugh out loud).Julia, Maddie and the whole Read Write Think program are amazing! And we will continue with their services next year as well.
Anna Sapozhnikov
Anna Sapozhnikov
20:37 30 Jul 18
As a parent, my kids' learning is very important to me. Even at their young age, I know how important it is to support their needs at school and enhance it at home. That's why I'm happy to have found Read Write Think because their reading, writing, and language & spelling programs have really helped not just my kids' grades, but more importantly, their attitude towards learning through mastery of these core skills.
Chloe Waters
Chloe Waters
17:21 04 Oct 17

Skills Assessment

Take advantage of our free Academic Skills Assessment that we offer for every student. The goal of the assessment is to help us determine your child’s current academic level. After that, we offer a placement into the right program to meet your child’s individual learning needs.


I have an upcoming parent-teacher interview night. My child has been identified with some learning challenges and IPRC process is on its way. How could you help?

We can accompany you to the meeting and help you advocate for your child. Communication between all parties involved cannot be overestimated in helping your child succeed.

My child has a psycho-educational assessment and there is an IEP in place at his or her school. Should I bring it to the assessment?

Definitely. Any information you have about your child will help us put a proper learning plan in place. Additionally, it will help us save time in getting to know your child’s strengths and needs.

How do you determine my child’s placement into a specific program?

We will meet with your child for an academic assessment aligned with Ontario school expectations. Following that, we will assess which DI program and level is best suited to the student’s current level.

My child has a psycho-educational assessment and there is an IEP in place at his or her school. Should I bring it to the assessment?

Definitely. Any information you have about your child will help us put a proper learning plan in place. Additionally, it will help us save time in getting to know your child’s strengths and needs.

Frequently asked questions
Siegfried Engelmann - Creator of Direct Instruction Programs

History & Results

Its creator, Siegfried Engelmann, and his colleagues, have successfully proven, that if applied correctly, DI will improve academic standards and as a result, self-esteem.

There have been many studies related to Direct Instruction, but there is a specific one that parents looking to improve their child’s academic outcome need to be aware of.  Project Follow Through began in 1967 and finished in 1977. For 10 years, 200,000 at-risk students in 178 communities in grades K-3 were being evaluated for the most successful intervention approaches.

22 sponsors of different approaches took part in the study. Direct Instruction was one of the sponsors. The project’s only objective was to determine which interventions worked best.

The results of the project were evaluated nine years later. They were loud and clear. Students in DI had placed first in reading, writing, language, math and spelling. No other model came even close. As a bonus, DI students also placed first in self-esteem. Apparently, students who have mastered reading, writing, spelling and math felt better about themselves than those who did not.

Some other studies followed and confirmed the results – Direct Instruction works, bringing gains, gains that stay and persist.

Additional Resources

Please feel free to follow the links below to learn more about Direct Instruction, Project Follow Through and Siegfried Engelmann.

National institute for direct instruction

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Zig Engelmann’s personal site

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