Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The APOGEE MOON of 19 December 2013

The APOGEE MOON of 19 December 2013
APOGEE... the furthest distance... and so a paradigm is defined, reaching the light, going the distance, holding to a distant quest.
The moon will be at APOGEE Thursday, when it will be 252,432 miles from Earth.

APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™ was founded in 1983... named metaphorically, for it was known that to live fulfillment, to realize the gifts of time and SELF, one was to be committed to a vision of light, to one's inner quest, be it of the academics, the arts, the science and spirit of well being and responsible action. Each APOGEE enterprise calls for going the distance...

This connect, this accord, this resonance with the APOGEE Moon is ever so strong. The metaphor that inspired the APOGEE as my life's work, resounds with the distant light... the quest made real.

An addendum:  
Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
2014 January 18 

Apogee's Full Moon 
Image Credit & CopyrightRick Baldridge

Explanation: This big, bright, beautiful Full Moon rose over Lick Observatory Wednesday night. Traditionally a full moon in January might be called the Wolf Moon. But this moon reached its full phase on January 16, 4:54 UT, within about 2 hours of apogee, the most distant point in its elliptical orbit around planet Earth. That also makes it the smallest full moon of 2014. Of course the difference in apparent size between the largest and smallest full moons is hard to see, because the difference in distance between lunar apogee and perigee, or closest point in the Moon's orbit, is only about 50,000 kilometers, while the Moon's average distance is around 385,000 kilometers. Though not by much, this apogee's full moon was also the smallest full moon of the last 1,000 years. It will keep that distinction until a slightly smaller full moon occurs close to apogee in 2154.

All inquiries welcomed.

Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI
The Academics and the Arts
APOGEE Paradigm™
Tappan, New York 10983

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Words of Appreciation and Praise for : APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ - A Revolutionary Breakthrough for Reading Disorders and Dyslexic Readers: Preparing Special Needs Learners for CCSS Success ...

Oct. 27, 2013                                                             

Dear  Rose Marie,

As Coordinator of the 18th annual Rockland Literacy Extravaganza held at St. Thomas Aquinas College, I would like to express great appreciation for presenting an excellent professional development workshop, " APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ - A Revolutionary Breakthrough for Reading Disorders and Dyslexic Readers: Preparing Special Needs Learners for CCSS Success..” Your focus on implementing instruction that will motivate, engage and increase achievement that supports the Common Core State Standards is very important. Evaluations were very  positive.

Your commitment and professionalism made a great contribution to the success of our conference.


Dr. Michael L. Shaw
Professor of Education, St. Thomas Aquinas College
Coordinator, Rockland Literacy Extravaganza Professional Conference

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Common Core Standards

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.  Albert Einstein

Attended a school sponsored presentation of Common Core Standards... there is a need to understand their implications for teaching, for parenting, for understanding the principles of child development. Policy makers can be questioned, can be challenged, can be presented with research, writings, educational programs that have proven to serve the multiplicity of needs, the diversity of learning styles, the realms of creativity and the benefits of independent thinking. 


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ - A Revolutionary Breakthrough for Reading Disorders and Dyslexic Readers: Preparing Special Needs Learners for CCSS Success

Pleased to be a part of such a timely and most significant forum for exploration and exchange... 

I have read hundreds of posts in response to the newly adopted, "Core Standards." There is significant concern. A position must be established that assures our children's progress and well being. Most certainly 'standards' have inherent value, but are NOT to be instituted at the demise of a child's mental, physical and spiritual well being. Having worked in private practice with hundreds of learners, I have come to appreciate and value diversity, imaginative thinking, creativity, and learning styles that do not respond well to being 'boxed in.' The APOGEE Paradigm™ grew out of the call to give homage to the distant light ever present.

There is absolutely NO Stopping Me... I will present what being an educator, since 1960, has brought to bear... CHILDREN FIRST... Beyond a test score is the treasure of each child's BEING!! No curriculum, no "Core Standard" hold to value, if at 'core' they are not supportively responsive to each child's needs, learning style, intelligence, creativity and imagination... CHILDREN are not robots to be programmed... but BEINGS to be honored!!! Rose Marie Raccioppi 

The Eighteenth Annual Rockland Literacy Extravaganza
St.Thomas Aquinas College
Saturday, October 19, 2013
7:45 AM - 2:30 PM

Common Core Standards: 
Teaching Thoughtful Literacy Across the Curriculum 
That Goes Beyond the Scripts 
WORKSHOPS I  9:50 – 10:50

APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ 

A Revolutionary Breakthrough for Reading Disorders 
and Dyslexic Readers
 Preparing Special Needs Learners for CCSS Success
Rose Marie Raccioppi
Educational Consultant; Poet Laureate, Orangetown; 
Founder/Director, APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™

Understanding the needs of readers across the age span... how to understand 'cause' and provide the supports to assure masterful reading. 
Understanding the CCSS grade by grade presentation of 
Reading: Fundamental Skills to achieve CCSS success.
Grade Levels: All, PreK - 12 Room: M 226

For Those interested in attending:
A direct link for secure on line registration is: If you are a new to MyLearningPlan, begin by clicking on "I am a new user." Then, create your free account. Once your account is created, click on Literacy Extravaganza to register. Online registration support is available by calling RTC Institute at 845-351-2090 or emailing 

For more information contact:
Dr. Michael Shaw or
Debbie Studnitzer, RTC Institute

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A BUILDER before a READER... APOGEE Somatic Phonics™- the learning child as CORE*...


A BUILDER  before a READER... APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ 
The learning child as CORE*...

Perspectives to be presented 
Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI 
at the 
18th Annual
Rockland Literacy Extravaganza Conference

Saturday, October 19, 2013 7:45 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill, N.Y.

(*key, basic, fundamental, principal, primary,main, chief, crucial, vital, essential; informal: number-one.)

First there be creation's divinity... conception... be there sound... the mother's heartbeat, inner vibrations transmitted, inner flows to nourish and bring life into development... delivery... and the first cry... breath filling the lungs... life its own force...  the feeling...the movement... the reaching... the seeing... the echoing... the following... the Being... the Doing... the Having... the learning child as reception and response... this the hologram... this the BEING known to  Self and others... A propensity, a preference for exploration and discovery and so learning takes hold. 

Reading, as observation, as connection, is a natural process. A child 'reads' the mother's expressions,  'reads' its space and surroundings, feels the effect of what it experiences, what the effect is of what was 'read.'  Impressions upon all sensibilities create  'a reading.' It is understanding that there are particular leanings toward one's approach to learning that we have come to identify as 'learning style.'  And so we have conceptual frameworks that have put forth 'multiple intelligences' and 'learning style paradigms.' Multiplicity, diversity, selectivity, applies to each individual, as too, it applies to groups of individuals.

The effects from 'failed purpose' have called for educators to look deeply into teaching methodology, special need, learning style, readiness, skill sets, multiple intelligences, motivation, and most significantly relevance. Students that have made and continue to make their way to APOGEE Learning Enhancement Training Systems™ have had 'failed purpose.'  Reading below 'grade level' brings callers to APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ .  This is a system based on the developmental processes of observation, exploration, discovery, integration and application. Appreciating that the child is a natural builder and sound creator, before it is a sculptor or an artist, the primary 'doing' in creating the form that matches the sound is first to build it. And so delight is built into... From twigs from trees, I learn my A B Cs.

As I read each aspect of reading, as presented in the proposed 'Common Core', I thought, I take little exception to the delineated goals for reading competence. The 'goals' however,  most certainly call for relevant activities and practices. Reading is a dynamic process and is not to be relegated exclusively to workbook exercises or test taking skills that tap into a limited range of propensities. Reading is the observation of form and corresponding sound for each letter, reading is the configuration of sound into symbolic form, reading is understanding the particular symbolism of grouped letters as they come to have 'meaning' in the context of our direct experience. The student is CORE not the curriculum... and as such must be understood, appreciated and supported, not only as a particular grade member, but as an individual with diversity of experience and need. The goals of a curriculum must be highly respectful of relevance,  purpose and the needs of the populace, individually and collectively,  it aims to teach. Creativity, identification, expression in the arts, and integration are CORE to the reading experience.

APOGEE Somatic Phonics™ has facilitated the development of reading mastery across all curriculum areas for scores and scores of students for over thirty years. Its time has come to be known for the documented success it brings.

For further information and discussion:

APOGEE Learning: Improved Reading Performance with APOGEE Somatic Phonics™

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provided for all learning needs:

APOGEE Learning ~ A Whole Child Paradigm

Learning styles honored and supported
Readiness experiences provided
Task analysis applied
Student interests as motivators
The Whole Brain approach to study and mastery

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The APOGEE Paradigm™ ~ The Academics and The Arts

The APOGEE Paradigm  
The Academics and The Arts

Motivating students to explore the universal and intelligible expression of art. 

Engaging students in the willful art of sensing, capturing, and re-creating. 

Empowering students to perceive art as it exists in all natural and created form. 

Creating an environment that stimulates the desire for expression. 

Applying the simple, the true, the eternal, seen in natural form. 

Integrating the study and expression of art's form with classroom curriculum and one's own life experiences. 

Expanding the awareness of art as the timeless aspiring creation of beauty in form, word, deed, and thought. 

Rose Marie Raccioppi, MS FABI is state-certified in regular and special education, supervision and administration. With advanced studies in psychology, education, cognition, stress management, the arts, and holistic health, Raccioppi's program offerings are comprehensive. In addition to her academic excellence, and most notable community and counseling services, she is an exhibiting artist, published poet and the Poet Laureate of Orangetown, New York. Raccioppi has developed and offers supportive programs for learners across the age span, integrating the academics and the arts. Service/program offerings are available for class groups as well as for individual students, teacher and parent consultation. Improv Poetry for students, Creative/Interactive Writing, Letter/Word Play, Sound/Symbol Body Movement, all to enhance, expand and empower reading and writing.