Classes at the Thinking and Learning Center are based on a therapy model of intervention. Class size is very small with four to six children. The curriculum consists of different books and materials from the RX program created by NILD. Class planning changes week by week (not semester format) based on the needs of the individual students which is consistent with a therapy model of teaching and results with an individualized approach to the classes.
Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in this interactive, small-group intervention that covers research-based reading, math, or writing instruction while mediation, Socratic questioning, and strengthening of cognitive functions will serve as the core methodology. Reading, math, or writing activities will be utilized as the core content in this dynamic intervention and students’ foundational reading, math, or writing concepts will be strengthened while their thinking, reading, language, writing, math, and/or problem solving skills will be challenged, all within an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.
Class Placement and Class Fees
Reading, Math, and Writing classes require class placement. Placement is done through a test which is provided by the Thinking and Learning Center. Cost of test is greatly reduced and holds your place in class. It will also roll over and be applied to the first month’s fee. Note: If you receive testing and choose not to take the class, you will be billed for the full amount of the test. If you receive testing and the class does not make, you will NOT be billed for the full amount.
Materials fee: Used for books or other hands on activities during the year. Due with the first month’s tuition.
Testing fee: Due at time of testing
Registration fee: Due when you sign up to hold your place in the class.
Monthly fees: Due on the first class of the month.
Fees are non-refundable.
The Rx Reading takes the five essential components of reading – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension – and systematically teaches students using the NILD materials and methodology to develop these components within two 60-minute weekly small group sessions. Students who need to master basic reading skills and comprehension would benefit the most from this program.
Teacher: Kelley Godwin
Materials Fee: $75
Testing Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $75
Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 – 11:00
Rx Math will build and strengthen number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem solving strategies within two 60-minute weekly small group sessions. Students who need to master basic number sense skills as well as those who rely on procedural understanding (steps to do a problem) without a conceptual understanding (why you do the problem solving steps and how to problem solve) would benefit the most from this program. Also, students who do not remember the steps in problem solving or have trouble with math facts would benefit!
Teacher: Martha Campbell
Materials Fee: $25 (due with first month’s tuition)
Testing Fee: $60 (rolled over to first month’s tuition – see class placement)
Registration Fee: $75 (due after testing, when you sign up for the class)
Tuesdays and Thursdays Class A 11:30 – 12:30 and Class B 12:30 – 1:30
Rx Writing will build and strengthen grammar and writing mechanics, semantics, syntax, and composition writing skills with an emphasis on the writing process within two 60-minute, weekly small group sessions. Students who need to master basic grammar and writing skills will most benefit from this program. Though handwriting and spelling skills are utilized and applied, these skills are not explicitly taught in this intervention.
Students will be challenged to apply their growing understanding of grammar to the creation of sentences, paragraphs, and compositions. Students will be implementing grammar, spelling and usage rules when editing their own written work as well as the written work of others.
This class is on-line using a tele-therapy class format.
Teacher: Kimberly Vogel
Materials Fee: camera for tele-class (approximately $50)
Testing Fee: $50
Registration Fee: $75
Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 – 5:00
(portions of this page are taken from the NILD course descriptions)
Print or Cursive
Handwriting and letter formation is best learned through large motor skills and muscle memory followed by pencil to paper work. Most curriculum teach pencil to paper without recognizing the importance of large movement and muscle memory. Our curriculum does this through strokes forming letters. We combine occupational therapy style of activities along with educational therapy style of activities before pencil is put to paper (this means NO workbooks!). The result is the correct formation of letters through brain training and muscle memory to create beautiful print or cursive letters.
Teacher: Kelley Godwin
Materials Fee: $25
Registration Fee: $50
Tuesdays or Thursdays 9:00 – 10:00