One-on-One Reading/Writing/Literature /Math/Handwriting Workshops
The Thinking Center has provided educational interventions since 1991. This summer is no different, and we have individualized programs for elementary, middle, and high school students who need more practice to close the gap for the upcoming year or who need to maintain their academic skills. We also offer enrichment support. Summer is a great time to refocus and recharge. Students who engage in reading, writing, and literature programs during the summer are more motivated and prepared for the upcoming school year.
Get Them Excited about Reading &Writing
Our summer intensive reading, writing, and literature program runs from June 3rd through August 28th, (excluding the week of July 4th). You can expect the following:
- Pre-assessment to customize literature study
- Evidence-based strategies used to strengthen oral reading, expression, fluency, and visualization
- Novel studies individualized to match each child’s interest & reading level
- Innovative and engaging writing activities
- Phono-Graphix skill building
- Reading skills & strategies immersion
- Vocabulary building activities
- Fluency training & practice
- Post-assessment of outcome-based learning
Reading and writing occupy similar areas of our brain as we learn them. They are learned together, and therefore should be taught together. Writing is in essence, the application of the reading process. As part of our summer intensive reading experience, children will respond to literature in whatever written form best matches their unique learning needs. For more information on the connection between reading and writing, please see this article from Seen magazine:
Mathematics for Mastery
While we can help with getting summer packets and assignments completed, we also want to focus on the core of mathematics: visualizing numerical patterns and increasing fluency. We emphasize play and focus on the visual and symbolic representation of the numbers which leads to improved memory. We want our students to recognize patterns and connect them to solve math facts which gives students confidence about math.
Handwriting & Fluency Training Improves Classroom Performance
If your child or teen struggles with remembering the difference between lower and upper case print or cursive letters, writing automatically, and/or forming letters from the top down, then we can help improve that. Combining fluency practice from Listen-Write-Learn from Neuronet and structured writing from Handwriting Without Tears, students practice mastery of the sequence of the English written letter and sound system. Usually 12 sessions sets a student up with a more comfortable tripod hand grip, increases handwriting endurance, and automates the written letter system for improved processing.
SAT & ACT PREP FOR 2020-2021: Boost Your Skills & Confidence
If your teen has taken their PSAT or SAT and you have the scores that is a good place to start to understand strengths and weaknesses. First rule of thumb, find out the scores your college requires and then set your goal to get within or above that range. If you struggle with learning, we can help you practice and boost your confidence. We aim to start the process at least 12 weeks prior to the actual test date. At The Thinking Center of Sarasota, we practice 1.5 hours in each subject if necessary or three hours weekly until the test date.
Learning Through Movement: Neuronet
ENGAGE, PRACTICE, ASSESS! We are a Step Up to Learn (Neuronet) Provider which help students create automaticity to improve fluency so learning is easier! It is a home-based program, but we can integrate it into our one-on-one training sessions for math, reading or writing. If your child or teen struggles with timing and fluency to keep up within their class, ask us about how to improve that!