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Teachers want to help, but just don't know enough about dyslexia. The school adopts the 'wait to fail' approach and does not test for dyslexia anyway. Then doctors and psychologists, who can test for dyslexia, often won't even use the term dyslexia. They may even use the term "specific learning disability" but fail to specify which one.

Meanwhile, your student likely has a relative, who shares their reading struggles. They are very smart and creative, yet are also slow readers and poor spellers (dyslexia).

Many adults internalized that weakness in reading, and often avoid the topic of grades and reading, all together. Adults simply survived the model of 'just work harder'. But that model does not have to apply to students today, because science has proven what works for struggling readers.

Our Parent Action Plan will help you navigate your specific journey, in getting the right tools and resources, customized to your students learning style. It's time to learn, how they learn best.

So, let's come up with a plan!

  • We can do a brief 10 minute screening with your student to get a baseline of language skills (Free Online).
  • From there we have a glimpse of the root issues causing the reading delay.
  • Then we will focus on their strengths and use those abilities, to overcome their weaknesses in various subject areas.
  • Common areas where our students struggle (can compose of just a single area or all areas listed=severity):
    • Auditory Processing
    • Visual Processing
    • Working Memory
    • ADHD
    • Executive Functioning
    • Word Retrieval
    • Phonemic Awareness
    • Dysgraphia (hand writing)
    • Orthographic (spelling)
    • Comprehension
  • After we get a student profile from the brief screening and after a few questions for background information, we can supply free resources and recommend programs or tutoring that will match your students learning style.
  • Save time and money by avoiding the same failed teaching approaches. Stop teaching the struggling student, the same way, but slower. Let's come up with resources to teach to their individual style. Let's teach them differently with a research based program.

We don't dumb it down...This reading program was designed for adults who struggle with reading.

And it is great for children. Typically, the 'easy' stuff, like the sounds of letters, will we hard, regardless of age. When was the last time you had to say the short vowel sounds with out putting it in a word? What is the short sound for u? Call us if you took more than 2 seconds. Did you look up towards the ceiling, trying to figure out that sound? Did you come up with a word with that letter in it to figure it out? We will save you time with a simple technique to avoid guessing.

Yet, the hard stuff, becomes simple with our logical system. Instead of memorizing words and how to spell them, we use spelling rules. Did you know /tch/ can only come after a short vowel? Catch vs. Lunch.

And my second graders, can spell auxiliary...and that word has no logic. Nor did they have to write it 1000 times. Call us to find out more...

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What is Taught
in our reading program?

  • Phonemic Awareness
    breaking words into individual sounds, then putting them back together. CAT, is C-A-T. Our students tend to chunk a word like 'cat' as one sound.
  • The Sound System
    sound symbol association like the letter A has a short should of /ah/ like apple.
  • Syllable Instruction
    7 syllable types that determine the sound of the vowel. No more guessing if a vowel is short, long, schwa or from another language. our 1st graders will be able to read and spell t his word: "bomplatric". It's a nonsense word so we know they are not recalling from memory. Without even knowing the word, our students will be able to tell it is a 3 syllable word. They will know the first vowel is short, the second is long, and the last is short by using our rules. Can you pronounce it? So they will learn:
  • Meaningful Word Parts
    Prefixes, suffixes, and root words.
    The word "unwillingly" is a word most of our students will skip because it is too long. Meanwhile, it's just a four letter word...'will'. It gets hidden by the extra word parts. But if you take off the prefix and suffixes, it's easy to see and read.
  • Grammar and Syntax
  • Word Meaning

Math Tutoring

45 minute sessions

Teaching math by bridging the gap from the old school, straightforward way to the new approaches.  And helping parents understand it better.

Math problems include kid friendly humor and silliness!

Math subjects we cover from Kindergarten through some high school:

  • Addition

  • Subtraction

  • Fact Families

  • Place Value

  • Expanded Form for addition and subtraction

  • Regrouping (carrying)

  • Subtracting with ungrouping (borrowing)

  • Plus: *new* math translation guide for parents!

Math

Middle School

  • Factors and Multiples

  • Fractions

  • Decimals

  • Percents

  • Word Problems

  • Ratio

  • Rates

  • Proportions

  • Unit Conversions

  • Solving for x

  • Solving for x in word problems

  • Find out your learning style!

  • Tips for when students get confused with math during class

  • Helpful tip on test anxiety

  • Tips for students who avoid math or claim *boredom* with math

Prealgebra

  • Adding and subtracting integers.

  • Associative and commutative properties

  • Multiplying and dividing integers and negative numbers

  • Absolute Value

  • Mean, median, mode

  • Fun quiz about handling stress

  • Variables

  • Combining like terms

  • Distributive property

  • Using variables to translate word problems

  • Including brain breaks: 20 ways to beat stress

  • Solving for x

  • Equations

  • Word problems

  • Solving and graphing inequalities

  • Brain break: supportive friends

  • Intro into exponents

  • Math test survival guide

geometry

  • Basics

  • Working with diagrams

  • Intro to proofs

  • Triangles, congruence and proofs

  • Parallel lines and polygons

  • Quadrilaterals

  • Brain break: self esteem booster!

  • Similarity, circles, area, volume

  • Arcs and arc length

  • Perimeter and area

  • Surface area and volume

  • The trouble shooting guide

  • List of rules (Theorems and postulates)

  • Memorizing terms made easy!

  • Algebra

 

  • Learning Multiplication Facts

  • Long division

  • Telling time

  • Counting money

How this reading program is taught?
  • Simultaneous Multi Sensory Instruction
    using all senses when they learn so they can store and retrieve information better. See the letter A, say it's name and sound out loud, then write it in the air.
  • Intense Instruction
    more hands on learning so they can store language information more efficiently. No more storing it in a messy closet. With the multi sensory approach, it acts like they store it in a closet with shelves.
  • Direct Explicit Instruction
    using rules and logic
  • Systematic and Cumulative
  • Synthetic and Analytic
    putting words together and taking them apart focusing on the sounds of letters
  • Diagnostic Teaching
    The teacher must know that these students are very smart and will resort to guessing words based on shapes (month for mouth), they will rely on their visual memory for words, and they will seek out patterns and use context clues, just to avoid reading a word they don't know. This will slow their reading progress down to a crawl as it creates a memory trace. Each time they read a word wrong, they must read that word 11 times to neutralize reading it wrong just once. That is the science of it.

Next Steps...

If you or your child struggle with reading...call us for more information. We can tailor a plan for you.